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    10 Things The Hobbit Could Have Done Without

    Peter Jackson has entered George Lucas prequel territory by turning the beloved novel into a rambling, incoherent CGI mess. Here are some things that could, nay SHOULD, have been left out *SPOILERS ABOUND*

    1. Legolas

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    Legolas' role in all three Hobbit films could have been reduced easily to cameos - in the hall of Thranduil, and at the Battle of Five Armies. That's all we needed. As we will come to learn, however, subtlety is not PJ's strong suit.

    2. Tauriel

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    I get it. The Hobbit has no female characters, so we needed an injection of estrogen to be culturally relevant. However, Tauriel's storyline was so farfetched and poorly executed that it had far-reaching consequences. Such as...

    3. The Tauriel-Kili Love Story

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    Did we really need to reduce our single ass-kicking female character to a preposterous love story?? Not only was this her only reason for sticking around, it also led to...

    4. Splitting Up The Company

    Courtesy of Warner Bros. Picture / Via Nope. The company would never split up. But somehow, Kili's love for Tauriel suddenly outweighs his dedication to his king?! What happened to bros before hos?

    5. Random Battle Scenes

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    So the first half of The Hobbit seems like it might be less exciting, let's add fight scenes! They solve everything! Never mind that it was actually meant to be ONE STORY, with ONE EPIC, CLIMACTIC BATTLE. This offense was perpetrated over...

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    and over....

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    and over. This one in particular got me, because in the novel Smaug is long gone by the time the dwarves actually make it inside the mountain. I could have dealt with a little confrontation, but not the insane 30 minute battle that was forced upon us.

    6. Bard's Kids

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    What does Bard being a family man have to do with his ability to perform heroic and selfless acts? Did we really need to make his kids a central part of his storyline? No. The answer is no. But PJ seems obsessed with giving every minor role a complete character. Such as...

    7. This guy.

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    Radagast the Brown is a minor character, even in Tolkien's writing. He's another one that could have been just a cameo.

    8. Galadriel

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    Again, I get the need for female characters, but PJ's constant badgering of the idea that The Hobbit is a prequel is unnecessary and distracting. Not to mention that the novel was actually published almost 20 years before The Fellowship of the Ring, so it is not, in fact, a prequel at all.

    9. Sauron

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    10. Running into Beorn's stronghold for safety

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    By turning this scene into yet another unnecessary chase scene, PJ killed one of the best running gags in the LOTR series: the dwarves have to be introduced subtly, one-by-one, so as not to alarm their host. We've learned, however, that PJ doesn't do subtle. Unfortunately, that means his prequel game is weak, as the best prequels HINT at the action to come, without hitting us over the head.

    Now all we need is someone to do a cut of the film without all this crap. THAT I would watch.

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