Can't wait to see the next LoTR, The Destruction of Smaug. I really enjoyed The Hobbit, and I haven't seen any LOTR before except the first one at release.
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Overall it wasn't bad but it kinda felt like a "cheaper" and less epic version of LOTR. Which is pretty much what the book was as well but still. They should have done the Hobbit movie first.
Also I didn't really appreciate the childish moments. I guess they wanted to put in some funny moments for the kids but it felt really out of place. Especially the scene with the goblin king. I was like ".... really?" Radagast also felt more like a silly Hogwarts teacher.
Remember that prior to the LotR movies, fantasy movies in general were shunned. Only if done right, something as big as LotR could change this.
If the Hobbit was released first instead, it probably wouldn't have had the impact to change how society looks at fantasy movies. And it wouldn't have been 3 movies, it would've been 1 too full with stuff to make sense. The LotR movies were the only logical option.
But looking back, for the fans it would've been more fun to see the Hobbit first and Lord of the Rings second.
Chronologically it makes more sense, and in terms of action and darker storyline as well.
But do take in mind that because LotR was made first, we do get more enhanced Hobbit movies with all kinds of backstory that wouldn't have been in it had the Hobbit been made first. So in a sense, what we have now is better.
Fantasy movies were shunned what? I mean some of them certainly (and they pretty much deserved it)... but there have been a number of very successful fantasy movies. Maybe if you define fantasy movies as being only ones where there are elves and dwarves... the genre of Fantasy is MUCH MUCH larger than that though.
Beren & Lúthien someone?
THAT would be the story
The 3rd installment entitled "The Hobbit: There and Back Again" has officially been moved back to December 2014. Not a big deal for me, I don't mind the wait, and I always love going to movies over the Christmas holiday anyways. Loved the first one and looking forward to the next two, and looking forward to seeing the final three-film trilogy in its full uninterrupted entirety.
The Hobbit: AUJ coming out on Blu-Ray on March 19th. Gonna rent the heck out of it. Regretting not having seen it more times in the theatre. Saving my money for the extended edition trilogy box set though.
Pretty sure Blu-ray doesn't support HFR (48FPS)
This movie was awful. Why in the hell did they have to go and ruin The Hobbit? Not to mention them splitting the book up into 3 movies (really?) It's my favorite book in the world, I read it on average on 3-4 times a year but there isn't even CLOSE to 3 movies worth of action/story.
The whole thing just screams "I'm Peter Jackson. Now give me your money, nerds."
I expected a bit more from it
As to ruining the book, I disagree. The book's still the same as it always was and the film makes a decent stab at it. With literal classics, you can almost never have a perfect film to match the original source material. For as many people that liked the LotR trilogy, just as many derided them for not following the books perfectly. You can't win either way as a film maker. Also, that's not just a defence of Peter Jackson in particular, but for any director trying to translate a script of a screenplay of a book, into a visual medium.