Posted December 15 2012 - 01:18 PM
I wanted to see if I could find this thread that I started about 11 years ago, and here it is! I wanted to post because it's ironic that I started it defending Bakshi's version, but rather quickly, I became a huge fan of Jackson's version and since then the series has become my favorite of all time, and I consider ROTK to be the greatest film of all time. It would be a hard statement to back up normally, but ROTK with 94% on Rottentomatoes, $1.1 billion worldwide, and 11 Oscars including Best Picture, director, screenplay, score, and VFX it has about everything tangible one would need to make this argument, a critical and financial monster success. But you know what, I still enjoy the Bakshi film. I think I remember stating that I prefer Leonard Rosenman's score, which I still love, but that has changed too. Howard Shore's scores are also my favorite of all time. I never thought anything could supplant Star Wars (original trilogy or as a whole) on either of these fronts, but it happened nonetheless. For the record I'm pretty disappointed with the Hobbit though. I think i will enjoy it more on a second watch with lower expectations though.