Aragorn the Elfstone
Jun 16 2013, 2:08pm
Watching AUJ for the first time was heartbreaking. I think it's because so many of the story elements and locales are similar to 'Fellowship', so it was only natural that I was comparing it to that film. But PJ was going for something entirely different with these films. In addition to the CGI, etc., the tone of the story is just so jarringly different. If LotR felt like a great, majestic epic of old, his Hobbit film(s) feels like a lightweight, modern action/adventure film. The difference is startling, and I don't necessarily agree with others that it can be completely laid at the feet of the source material. The story may be more juvenile than LotR, but the filmmaking didn't need to be.
It's taken a while, but it's set in...
That said, seeing the trailer for 'The Desolation of Smaug' finally opened my eyes a bit about what this trilogy is, rather than clinging on to what I'd hoped it would be. The visual style and tone of the DOS trailer has put me more at peace with the difference in those elements in AUJ vs. the original trilogy. It's helped me accept the new trilogy for what it is, and enjoy what it has to offer. Also, one of my big beefs about AUJ (other than the aforementioned visual style and tone) was that it felt incomplete. The late editing of the films into 3 parts damaged the narrative of the first film, IMO. There were so many things set up (Thranduil, the Mirkwood Spiders, etc.) that were never paid off during the course of the film. Having now seen where the film goes post-Carrock has increased my enjoyment of AUJ, because I can now extend the narrative of the film in my head past the first measly six chapters of the book.
But honestly, the whole thing just goes to show what a remarkable occurrence the making of The Lord of the Rings films was. The experience of seeing those films when they came out was magical, and I knew that I was witnessing something extraordinary. They became, and still are, the standard against which I judge all other films.
"All men dream; but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds awake to find that it was vanity; But the dreamers of day are dangerous men. That they may act their dreams with open eyes to make it possible."
- T.E. Lawrence
(This post was edited by Aragorn the Elfstone on Jun 16 2013, 2:11pm)