From the enthusiastic reception to The Hobbit, I'm wondering if people are enjoying it even more than the LOTR movies. Or is it just that fans of the LOTR movies are happy to return to Middle-earth and hobbitry?
I don't think it was predestined, but my movie preference has followed my book preference. Reading The Hobbit once or twice was enough for me. I liked it, but didn't feel the need to go back, and I think the same of the movie. I've reread the trilogy and rewatched the trilogy movies repeatedly.
Maybe I should add this question: what did The Hobbit movie do better than the LOTR movies? (if anything)
I will say that I like the movie version of The Hobbit better than the book version, while I like the book version of LOTR a bit more than I like the movie version. Though I like both AUJ and all LOTR movies better than just about any movie I've ever seen. (I do wish someone would go back and do Gone With the Wind in a multi movie series and pull in some of the other bits and pieces from the book)
So far anyway.....I think it has to do with the timing. I am not as 'blown away' with The Hobbit movie as I was with LOTR. I am not entirely sure if The Hobbit would have blown me away as much had it been released back in the day before LOTR. Still making my mind up on how much I like The Hobbit really.
I found The Hobbit more appealing. I have watched it in 2D and IMAX 3D and I can say that it was much more enjoyable during the latter viewing. Having said that, FOTR broke new ground for me being the first credible silver screen sojourn through Middle-Earth. Seeing ME come to life for the first time cannot be duplicated. For this reason, as well as (in my opinion) LOTR being a much richer and more developed story, I chose LOTR.
How would we react to The Hobbit if it had been first?
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I agree with you that FOTR broke new ground for all of us and helped set up the other movies, including The Hobbit. For non-Tolkien fans who watch the movies, if they've seen LOTR first, I think it sets up the whole Hobbit scenario very well, and allows the movie to skip over or only briefly cover a lot of things that it can safely assume that viewers already know.
I say all that because I'm not sure how much LOTR prejudices our views. If The Hobbit had been first, would that have been the favorite of most for being the ground-breaker? Not sure.
but I do agree that LOTR prejudices my view - to what degree, I really don't know. Regarding the scenario where TH was filmed first, and assuming it was filmed at the time of LOTR, then I would almost certainly feel the affection for TH breaking new ground rather than FOTR. However, what would be lost (to me) was the stunning visuals that 11+ years afforded the production of TH in 2012. In addition, I still feel that LOTR is a more developed story and the delay of 11 years in its filming would have been a sight to behold. We will never know, but to me, LOTR still comes out on top.
I agree with Otaku-Sampai. I think it's a bit early to respond as only the first of 3 part has just been released. It's hard to give a clear and defenitive answser from now. It may be easier to compare the AUJ with FOTR (and not the entire LOTR trilogy) as it stands for the moment.
(This post was edited by sam90 on Jan 8 2013, 12:38am)
Hobbit holds a strange fascination for me.
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As much as I liked the trilogy, I find that I cannot see The Hobbit enough. My only explanation is that I find the characters more compelling than LOTR. Here they are more fully formed, have some more backstory, and are more "personal" in their motivations.
I would have to vote for LOTR. It has a more intricate plotline and I like the characters in LOTR more than the ones AUJ. Not to take anything away from AUJ, though. It too is a great movie with likeable characters and a good plot, but I think LOTR is just better in both categories.
I remember this poll but the limited choices
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had me hesitating and then i forgot to get back to it. Even though i am still feeling the same on the choices, having maybe picked one, i would like to relate this now:
I was listening to the 2nd disk of TH soundtrack in my office/workout room (tight it is in there), having it a bit loud because i was on my bicycle mag-trainer which has a good whirring sound.
Having finished i hopped off the bike and went into the into the living room and my son (having got back from the 'Y and the crazed hour spinning class there) found the TT on TNT and i sat down to watch and cool down before dinner. Suddenly i realized that both tracks were doing a duet, of sorts and it was really interesting.
It was when the 'Song of the Lonely Mountain was playing the same time as the Helm's Deep theme, i thought of starting a poll relating this comparison but remembered our good man CuriousG had one out already so to respect him (although this may never be a detected sound in the forest) i wanted to voice what i felt anyway for fun, in case Radagast may be peeping out within ear shot.
I'd say that i dearly love the lotr's sound track and am very emotionally attached to it over the years. Listening to TH soundtrack a few times now, i know i like it and it is still growing on me. I know much is yet to reveal itself with the full dimension of Howard's divine work with the next two films and extended versions, i can see a lasting emotional connection to TH score as well.
In the end and with more time there may be an indication as to which one i would have a preference, but just maybe i will come to realize that together they compliment each other grandly and should just be considered 'more than the sum of their parts' , if i may.
For together they may form a very rich organic and spiritual tapestry of M-e where one would just be incomplete without the other. Time will tell:)