Fellow Hobbits! Lend me your ears (and abnormally large and hairy feet)! Director Peter Jackson has released the official dates for not one, but two Hobbit movies. I know my Christmas present to my family for the next two years: Midnight showings complete with unnecessarily large tubs of soda and popcorn swimming in artery-clogging saturated fat (read: butter).
I am a little concerned that there will be too much hype. How do you top the Lord of the Rings trilogy? Especially with a prequel that is decidedly not as exciting? It helps that almost everybody from the trilogy is back (with Sean Astin as the only notable exception, not returning as Sam.) It also helps that Jackson made the best movies of all-time from adapted screenplays. We’ll see if he can recreate that magic. I hope so.