TV & FILM
bill-swift - November 21, 2015
I remember that when the first Lord of the Rings movie came out I got to see it a month before most people because I had a press pass because I worked for my university's paper. I was astounded. The other two films in the series did not disappoint either. Sure, Return of the King ended 7 times, but whatever. They were well made, well acted, entertaining as hell, and a great adaptation of Tolkien's story. Then The Hobbit came out and everything went to hell. Those movies were just plain not good. The best scenes were between Bilbo and Gollum and Smaug, but other than that it was just a bunch of dwarves running from CGI orks. Now we know why it sucked. In the Bluray commentary for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, director Peter Jackson talks about how he was brought on two years into preproduction after first director Guillermo Del Toro quit. He said he basically never caught up and didn't know what the hell he was doing.
Fair enough, but there was something else, which he also mentions briefly, was the pressure from the studio to get it done and to divide the films up into three parts. 9 hours of movie is a lot for a 250 page book. It's a shame because they could have been awesome.
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