Sidenote: one of the most ridiculous events in recent critical history to me was Roger Ebert's scree that video games can never be art.http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2010/04/video_games_can_never_be_art.html
See prior statement that a critic is a lens and not an arbiter. Critiquing a medium you don't participate in has got to be one of the colossal faux pas in my book.
But before you decide I'm hypocritical saying an outsider can't critique in my review, I'll point out that I loved Cloud Atlas
(and reviewed it here) which was violent and visceral in excess spatter for spatter, to The Hobbit
with no stretch of accounting. I'm not averse to violence on screen, especially that sort of choreographed Kurasawa-influenced lucid dream of a film.
And I reiterate, I enjoyed Jackson's LOTR
although I wrinkled my nose here and there. This one was just over the top. _The Hobbit_ is not thematically the same material as the trilogy, and shouldn't have been treated in such a way.
Taking an artist's work and mangling it for capricious reasons is another faux pas -- but it's part of the social aspect of popular art at least. And though I think Jackson is narrow and lazy and possibly venal to have done what he did, I do honestly believe he was pursuing his personal artistic vision with integrity. I just think he betrayed JRRT's.
Our differences then orbit around this: It was a good Peter Jackson movie. It was a terrible, horrible movie of Tolkien's work, according to the original author's intent and wishes, from the interpretation of a great number of scholars and his family (including the children for whom he wrote the story). And it's not like the man didn't say a great deal about the topic of his own vision and work.
Remix is exposure -- you will be examined and open to people like me. It's part of the life. Peter Jackson knows and could predict every word, likely, of every review that every JRRT fan and scholar such as myself is pouring out today. That is part of the art, part of the foment, and part of how culture grows.
Without people like me saying, "Tolkien's art was not like this in important ways!" his art in its original form loses resolution, and the people who love it lose heart and coherence as a fandom and a subculture, and stop attracting more people who would be attracted to that
image of The Hobbit
rather than this seven-dwarfs-plus-a-few-road-buddy-zombie-movie romp come to Middle Earth. We are a minority but so are any geek subculture, any literary culture, any intellectual subculture, any scholarly interest.
Can't stop the signal, to borrow a phrase.