I’m currently participating in a fascinating online event between several other blogs and their awesome authors.
This “battle” pits our discussions together across several countries, with one goal: sharing our thoughts on anything Tolkien.
In the meantime, you should absolutely go check out the other participating blogs:
So, before posting an in-depth review of The Battle of the Five Armies (coming soon), I just wanted to talk briefly about something I’ve come to terms with in the last two years …
The Hobbit trilogy is like wine … it gets better with age
Whilst I’ve enjoyed each and every one of the three films, I soon realised that the pleasures of the viewing experiences increased each time. Particular aspects which had bothered me due to changes, absurdities or others, became no longer any concern.
On the contrary … I started to appreciate them all the more.
The behind the scenes features helped immensely in understanding the work that was undertaken and the “justification” (if you prefer to call it that) on why certain things turned out the way they did.
It might be a combination of brainwashing and denial, but I have to admit that multiple viewings of the first two films have hugely boosted my attraction towards them (an attraction having already been strongly established upon first viewing, mind you).
That is not to say that they are perfect. I still have some issues which, if ever I meet Peter Jackson in person, I’d stand my ground and fire my arguments in his direction.
However, I can easily make my peace with them now.
Even with this final film, which out of all three contained most elements I wasn’t too much convinced about, after the second viewing everything appeared to be more comprehensible and appealing.
No doubt this feeling will grow once I get my hands on the DVD … and the Extended Editions …
Of course, it’s ultimately a subjective argument. I can only speak for myself about how I feel towards repeated viewings; but I’ve encountered other fans who have often described similar experiences.
Could it be something woven deep into Peter Jackson’s filmmaking DNA? Or perhaps it is Tolkien’s themes themselves – no matter how unrecognisable they may have become once processed through the director’s mind?
Most likely it is the alluring qualities of Middle-earth: both cinematic and literary. A world that just radiates its appeal and makes us go back to it again and again.