|SolRo - 2015-11-23
You know, I'm going to revise my opinion of the movies to "Great, all things considered".
|Nominal - 2015-11-23
A heartbreaking amount of technical talent, time, and craft poured into a final product so dull. Like the lightsaber fight from Revenge of the Sith stretched out to 3 hours.
|chumbucket - 2015-11-23
One does not simply spend lots and lots of somebody's money to "wing it".
If I remember correctly, most of the added stuff was in the book.... just off-screen. The addition of Radagast, Dol Goldur, and so on was all pretty cool.
The problem (in my mind) were the interminable action sequences. Seriously, we don't need 40 minute fight scenes. They get old, no matter how much whimsical invention you add to them.
I had an intuitive understanding of why this might be, and I checked the numbers to be sure.
The Hobbit grossed 2,932,490,211 USD on a 745,000,000 USD budget.
The Lord of the Rings grossed 2,917,506,956 USD on a 281,000,000 USD budget.
So by excising the superfluous "quality" that you are all on about, the producers increased their ROI by a factor of almost three!!! Not only that, but the gross actually _increased_ by a couple percent.
Opps, hit the send button too quick. They spent three times as much money on the dog, but the gross didn't move much. That's bad financing alright but it didn't much affect the box office returns. Good or bad, people dutifully went to see it.
|Lurchi - 2015-11-23
Don't watch it. Problem solved!
|memedumpster - 2015-11-23
I found this and tried to submit it as the first "poeTV watches people wreck stuff."
|Sexy Duck Cop - 2015-11-23
I watched this movie on the worst day of my life. I'd been drinking heavily, was severely depressed, and knew I needed to stop. So I did. I quit drinking, cold-turkey, and resolved to turn my life around.
Whoops. Turns out you can't do that. I had a massive seizure while driving, blacked out, wrecked my car, lost my license, woke up in an ambulance and a huge lawsuit against me. And that night, while lying in a hospital bed at Cedars-Sinai, I watched this horrible fucking movie because there was nothing else to do.
So this movie was basically a fever dream for you?
Sounds about right... you got the full experience.
My wife and I couldn't make it past the death of Smaug a couple minutes in & just turned it off.
Hey you're in L.A. too?! weird!
SDC glad to know you're alright. A similar thing happened to my ex wife. We were both moderate to sometimes heavy drinkers and one night she smashed my car into several other parked ones, and in lieu of jail time took community service and classes. Luckily I had really good insurance or it would've been a lot worse. Anyway she quit cold turkey and while she couldn't drive all of a sudden realized that she didn't want to be with me anymore and was madly in love with my best friend, because I quit alongside her. So then I started drinking a lot just to piss her off.. bad times for all. But that was like 6 years ago. Sorry for the LJ but it felt goot to get that off my chest somewhere.
|DriverStabby - 2015-11-23
It was fucking stupid, just like all the Hobbit movies.
Five for garbage.
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