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The Hunt for Gollum and Born of Hope


Jun 14 2012, 10:23am

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The Hunt for Gollum and Born of Hope Can't Post

Are they worth watching? And are they only availble on The Internet?

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Jun 14 2012, 10:40am

Post #2 of 13 (328 views)
well... [In reply to] Can't Post

Certainly "worth watching" for LOTR fans since they're free and they don't take too long. I don't want to prejudice anyone but you're asking for an opinion, so...

THFG does a nice job of capturing the atmosphere on a small budget but doesn't seem to have much of a story.

BoH is more ambitious and has the advantage of not competing with the characters and scenes we've already seen in the Jackson films.

As far as I know, they're both Internet-only.


Jun 14 2012, 1:23pm

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They're not terrible [In reply to] Can't Post

I must admit, they're the only "independent" films I've ever watched, so perhaps my inexperience combined with my excitement about their existence left me with unreal expectations. They're certainly worth watching for all Tolkien fans. I watched them on Youtube, as I doubt they have or will be broadcast on tv.

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Jun 14 2012, 2:12pm

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They are short and free, so yes, watch them [In reply to] Can't Post

THFG does a pretty good job of capturing the look and feel of Middle Earth. Plus, you get to see Thranduil's halls!

BoH is, sad to say, unwatchable, IMO. It attempts a mimicry of Jackson's universe which doesn't work, coupled with a truly execrable narrative (including a love triangle...).


Jun 14 2012, 5:19pm

Post #5 of 13 (289 views)
Watch them. [In reply to] Can't Post

I thought The Hunt for Gollum was extremely boring. There didn't seem to be much of a plot or anything. Plus, I was distracted by the actors not being the ones I'm used to seeing on film (in Jackson's films). But I thought Born of Hope was infinitely better. Perfect, no, but enjoyable. I may even watch it again someday.


Jun 14 2012, 10:54pm

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BoH was tripe, IMO [In reply to] Can't Post

The worst kind of teenage angst-meets Jackson's universe kind of tripe.

While BoH was certainly a bit boring, at least it didn't feature a ridiculous love triangle, and did display some interesting images and atmosphere. And I was rather refreshed to see different actors playing Aragorn, Gandalf, etc. Nice to see a take on things alternative to Jackson's. Which is my other problem with BoH. It tries way too hard to mimic Jackson's style, and obviously comes off as derivative and cringe-worthy (the orc fight is particularly idiotic).

In all, it's fun to see some fanfic get filmed. So watch them. But don't expect anything of any quality.

(This post was edited by Shelob'sAppetite on Jun 14 2012, 10:55pm)

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Jun 14 2012, 11:22pm

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Definitely worth a viewing, [In reply to] Can't Post

Though, I haven't seen Born of Hope (never really caught my attention). The Hunt For Gollum was done well enough, but probably my only issue with these two are how much they try to slip into the clubhouse of Jackson's trilogy. While I understand it was smart for what they were doing, it would've been excellent if it tried to be its own thing, considering what it had going for it.

Still worth watching, though. Smile

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Jun 14 2012, 11:31pm

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That was my biggest criticism, as well. [In reply to] Can't Post

I thought there was too much mimicking of other people's creative vision.

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Jun 15 2012, 12:52am

Post #9 of 13 (257 views)
I saw them last summer [In reply to] Can't Post

Last summer I took a class on The Lord of the RIngs through the community college I was attending, and the professor showed a trailer for The Hunt for Gollum. I later watched it at home, and I thought it was good enough. It wasn't the best, and I did think they were trying to be too much like Jackson's production, but it was interesting to see a part of The Lord of the Rings that was only briefly explained in the Appendices. I provided a good visualization of what Aragorn had to go through, and his small struggle with Gollum. As for Born of Hope, I don't remember if I saw it all, or if I saw some of it. But I can speak for The Hunt for Gollum, that one was intersting, and one of the few independant films I've seen.

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Jun 15 2012, 1:48am

Post #10 of 13 (267 views)
Eh, I found it enjoyable. [In reply to] Can't Post

I wasn't expecting anything amazing, so I was pleasantly surprised by it. It was enjoyable enough for me, which is all I ask.


Jun 17 2012, 4:14pm

Post #11 of 13 (197 views)
The Hunt for Gollum [In reply to] Can't Post

That was ok, the other was boring. If your a Tolkien fan they are worth the time but nothing to get excited about.


Jun 17 2012, 7:24pm

Post #12 of 13 (223 views)
The fight sequences between Aragorn and the orcs in the Hunt for Gollum... [In reply to] Can't Post

are very well done and feel more "real" than some of the fight sequences in the big budget movie versions.

The Hunt for Gollum is much more compelling than Born of Hope, which I thought was very underwhelming.


Jul 6 2012, 1:48am

Post #13 of 13 (234 views)
Maybe I'm easy to impress, but thought the Hunt for Golum was really good [In reply to] Can't Post

I was just thinking that it would be nice to have that little film included as a special feature when the Hobbit movie comes out on disk. Overall, I thought it was a modest but well done tribute to the films.

I haven't seen the other one but I'll check it out.

Based on the wide range of reviews here, I'd say you really need to watch and form your own opinion.

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