Apr 25 2014, 10:22am
I don't think it is just that we have 'aged a bit'. I do think that DoS rather lost it with all the OTT and what I feel is badly done comic-book action scenes, despite the wonderful visuals, notably Smaug and some of the locations. For me DoS is completely different in style from the LotR trilogy, despite the attempts to shovel in links to that trilogy – which I feel have created the opposite effect to that intended.
DoS does not have a 'heart', or a 'Tolkien feel' to it (unlike AUJ, despite its many deviations from the book, PJ 'fun' moments, etc.).
For me this is all the more a pity because TH had everything going for it at the start – most of all a great cast for the main characters that was on the whole better than that for LotR, e.g. Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ian McKellen and Ken Stott. That cast has been wasted in DoS, which contains few and all too brief character moments.
I realize that The Hobbit book is not particularly filmable, except as a children's film, but if the film-makers wanted to make changes to attract an adult audience, why not give DoS more of a LotR 'feel', as AUJ did (perhaps minus the 'gross' moments), and include character expansion for all the main canon characters, instead of creating pointless elf-action scenes that add nothing meaningful to the film?
Going down the route of all-action DoS blockbuster, presumably to compete with Marvel all-action blockbusters and the like, has been a mistake in my view.
(This post was edited by Glorfindela on Apr 25 2014, 10:32am)