I grew up with J.R.R. Tolkien’s books. To say I love them would be an understatement. My brothers and I devoured the books, listened to the dramatized BBC radio production, and watched the old cartoons to the extent that we’ll still randomly drop quotes from The Lord of the Rings trilogy or The Hobbit when we get together.
So, obviously, when the news was released that the films were finally being made, I was ecstatic, but a part of me was worried about how well the LOTR series would translate to the screen. When the original films were released, I couldn’t have been happier. They were beautiful, full of life, true to the books…award-winning works of art. They still stand as some of my favorite films.
Fast-forward to The Hobbit trilogy, and my reaction was nowhere near as positive. It was good to see the story on the big screen, but the heart was missing. Bloated CGI took the place of daring realism. I left each film feeling let down, and now I’ve found someone who’s smarter than me to explain exactly why the fans who adored the original trilogy were so disappointed by the second.