I liked the new Hobbit
movie more than the last one, but I realized that I'm judging them on a completely different scale from the Lord of the Rings
, in particular. I haven't watched LOTR in a few years, so I just went back and rewatched the battle of Amon Hen:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4jz1yaGFmshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgnfQKJEJ2g
Compare that to the four other movies in the franchise. There was actual tension in that scene. It was a fight, not a CGI roller coaster ride. If you hadn't read the book, pretty much any of the characters could have plausibly been killed off. Here's Aragorn, heir of Isildur, struggling against a random henchorc -- and losing, until Legolas bails him out. Here's Boromir, future steward of Gondor, about to be shot by an orc chieftain -- and nobody conveniently shoots the arrow out the air at the last possible second.
Compare that to Legolas swinging from mumak to mumak while Gimli made wisecracks, or Bombur knocking over orcs like bowling pins. CGI is a fantastic tool when used for the right things (Gollum), but I think Peter Jackson has given into the 'bigger and better' temptation, and chosen spectacle over dramatic tension in his fight scenes. Watching a few hundred CGI figures fight 10,000 orcs is not necessarily more exciting than watching ten actual characters fight ten orcs.Fellowship
was a legitimately fantastic movie, and I think you'll be able to watch it in ten years and enjoy it as much. The other LOTR movies, a little less so, but there's still lots of good filmmaking there. The Hobbit
movies are fun to watch on a big screen, but I don't see myself coming back to them years from now. They are just a roller coaster ride, with just enough LOTR magic thrown in now and then to remind you how good these movies could be.