Originally Posted by APzombie
That's actually a big reason why i'm looking forward to it more than i did with the LotR. In my opinion they overdid the stakes with LotR at points, for example (and forgive me because i suck with names in this universe) but the way they introduced that huge fucker in Return of the King seemed incredibly forced to me. They get Gandolf to say something along the lines of "Impending doom! They haven't unleashed their most vicious creature imaginable!" a five minute long tirade building up the "bad assery" of some guy only to have the daughter of the king beat it's ass in a second to have a corny 'i'm a woman!' line thrown in. For the full experience, the LotR films really beat the "impending doom" drum like a dead horse over and over again. We get it. The shit is serious. But that didn't stop Gandolf, Argorn or Frodo from widening their eyes every ten minutes and acting like they didn't have a clue as to how serious the stakes were until just that second.
I expect comedy in The Hobbit. I'd like to see the production value and attention to detail in middle earth in a capacity other than building up to the next battle sequence.
I don't think you can blame Jackson entirely for that. That's just the way Tolkein wrote the books. He did overdo certain things, and his dialogue bordered on atrocious at times. As for the characters' reactions, heck, I'd probably be the same way. It's one thing to talk about impending threats. It's a whole different thing to see them in person.
As for comedy, I hope Del Toro doesn't overdo it (and I don't think he will). The tone should be lighter than LOTR and Pan's Labyrinth, but definitely more serious than the Hellboy films.