I've always maintained that the Hobbit would have been a good movie in two parts and the LOTR would have been a great movie in 4. That being said - these were the last series of movies that got me to the theater and I still enjoy both.And... I watched the rest of the Hobbit trilogy:
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Extended editions on all three. I still think it would have been a better story had Jackson and his crew not added material from "Unfinished Tales" and stuck with the original novel. And it should have been done in 2 movies of ~2hrs. each, not 3 of roughly 3 hours each.
Finishing the night with:
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I took my son, then ~11yo, to see this one during its original theatrical run. He was enthralled. I thought it was rather overblown and quite laughable at times - still do. It's absolutely constructed in a methodical way designed to elicit emotions and reactions at specific intervals and events with rather cardboard/cookie cutter characters. It doesn't help that the main story was written by an author I consider to be somewhat of a hack, constantly (re)writing the same story. I bought a copy because my son and grandson like it. This is a first time viewing of the BR. The best part of the movie is the CGI dinosaurs.
This post is a sidebar to the main purpose of this thread because it's not about what I watched today, and is a direct reply to Adam's post to talk about Into Darkness. But I'm going to leave it here because I can't think of a better place to put it. If a moderator would like to go dig out an Into Darkness thread and move it there, I will be fine with being overridden, but I didn't think it was worth digging out a really old thread just to reply to a post that appears in this one.But every time the movie pulls from Wrath of Khan, even when it reworks those elements in new and occasionally interesting ways, I couldn't help but feel like I was watching a pale imitation: If I wanted to watch Wrath of Khan, why wouldn't I just go watch Wrath of Khan? The movie never really provides a satisfactory answer to that question.