Film buff re-edits Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy
An anonymous film buff has done what many would describe as a favour to The Hobbit trilogy, and shortened it.
Known only as tolkieneditor, the fan enjoyed "many aspects" of Sir Peter Jackson's trilogy, but felt it would be better if it was refocused and shortened.
"Let me start by saying that I enjoy many aspects of Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy," they wrote.
"Overall, however, I felt that the story was spoiled by an interminable running time, unengaging plot tangents and constant narrative filibustering."
Over the weekend, tolkieneditor cut Jackson's films into a single four hour-long epic.
"What especially saddened me was how Bilbo (the supposed protagonist of the story) was rendered absent for large portions of the final two films."
The trilogy has been widely criticised for being for its "filler scenes" which stretched the slim book into three long films, The Telegraph reported. Film critic Robbie Collin went so far as to say Jackson had ruined The Hobbit.
"The overriding problem, which just wasn't an issue with Jackson's earlier Lord of the Rings trilogy, is that muddled perspective: the story has been bulked out with material that belongs nowhere near it," he said.