My 8 year old watched The Hobbit and was a little disappointed that the story wasn’t exactly the same as what he read, so I got him to write a letter to the movie director
Dear Mr Jackson,
My name is Malcolm and I am 8 years old.
The other day my Dad brought me and my brother to watch your movie, The Hobbit.
We sat for 3 hours, ate popcorn and drank a lot of Coke.
My brother was very tired so he fell asleep.
The movie was very nice and I like it very much.
But I was a bit disappointed that the movie was different from the book.
Firstly, Bilbo should have had his breakfast and should have been halfway through his second when he received the note from Gandalf. In your movie, he has not had his breakfast yet.
It was Gandalf who tricked the trolls into fighting and not the trolls fighting without reason and there was no secret passage to Rivendell in the book.
In the book, Saruman and Gandalf knew about the Necromancer of Mirkwood, and Gandalf even said that all the dwarves add up wouldn’t be able to defeat him.
The goblins should have captured Bilbo along with the dwarves and Gandalf used his magic to kill the goblins instead of Bilbo managing to escape the goblins.
In the book, Gandalf put out all the torches, summoned all the smoke to him, transformed it into a storm of sparks before unleashing it to kill all the goblins.
Which was so different from the movie where the goblins just ran away.
There are more but it is too difficult for me to put everything here.
Finally your movie covered only the first 129 pages (of the 351 page book).
There should be a Part 2 and I can’t wait for it to come out.
But please Mr Jackson, can you don’t make so much changes to Part 2 because the story is nice the way it is.
~ from an 8 year old fan in Singapore