So a fan going by the name of "TolkienEditor" has edited Peter Jackson's The Hobbit Trilogy, to create one giant film (a hefty 4 & 1/2 hours!) without the superfluous additions made by Jackson.
In their own words: "...I enjoy many aspects of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy. Overall, however, I felt that the story was spoiled by an interminable running time, unengaging plot tangents and constant narrative filibustering. What especially saddened me was how Bilbo (the supposed protagonist of the story) was rendered absent for large portions of the final two films."
And so The Hobbit: The Tolkien Edit was born over a weekend of work!
So when all is said and done, was it worth it?
It's still too long to watch without a lot of caffeine, but it makes for a much tighter and I think better story.
Most of the scenes that were cut went un-noticed by me, and when I reflected back on them I realised how pointless to the story they really were.
WATCH IT I say.
QBF Rating: 4.0/5