J.R.R. Tolkien's son says Peter Jackson 'eviscerated' his dad's work

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Feb 12, 2019, 1:00 PM EST (Updated)

A cursory analysis will net you a proof positive that the Tolkien estate is not a big fan of people adapting and otherwise looking to use J.R.R.'s works as a tool to make money. But never before has Tolkien's son Christopher made a formal comment on Peter Jackson's movies. Until now, that is.

Christopher Tolkien is none too pleased with the Hollywood machine. Sadly, that includes Peter Jackson. At one point, Christopher was invited to meet Jackson and company, but he declined. Why? From the horse's mouth: "They eviscerated the book by making it an action movie for young people aged 15 to 25, and it seems that The Hobbit will be the same kind of film."

Maybe this is us poking a dragon with a stick, but has Christopher ever read his dad's books? We're not saying there isn't a great deal of worldbuilding and character development, but there are action sequences, too. In fact, most of the fight scenes from Fellowship of the Ring are actually taken directly from the text.

So we are sort of at a loss when Christopher says things like "The chasm between the beauty and seriousness of the work, and what it has become, has overwhelmed me. The commercialization has reduced the aesthetic and philosophical impact of the creation to nothing. There is only one solution for me: to turn my head away." Has he seen Jackson's films? Or is he just assuming they're bad based on trailers which, naturally, focus on action elements to attract viewers?

We're not saying that Jackson's adaptations are perfect, but we are saying that he has literally pored through all the Tolkien appendices in order to craft as complete an adaptation of The Hobbit as he can while still holding himself to film as a format. Many people would rather he cut more, but Jackson and everyone on his films are unabashed lovers of the source material.

Are we off base here? What do you think?

(via Comic Book Movie)