The winner for February 2020 FEOTM is TM2YC with his edit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Entirely Respectable Edition!
The ‘Entirely Respectable Editions’ seek to remove all material that is silly, overplayed, misjudged, overly comical, ridiculous and generally inconsistent with the more serious tone established in the earlier ‘Lord of the Rings’ Trilogy.
“I’ve noticed a tendency for The Hobbit Trilogy to get rather silly. Now I’ll do my best to keep things moving along but I’m not having things getting silly. The first two films got very silly indeed and that last one about the armies was even sillier. Now, nobody likes a good laugh more than I do, except perhaps my wife and some of her friends. Oh yes, and Captain Johnson. Come to think of it, most people like a good laugh more than I do, but that’s beside the point. Now, let’s have a good, clean, healthy Tolkien film. Get some air into your lungs. Ten, nine, eight and all that.”