December 14, 2012
Stands on feet of its own.
I went into this film with doubts. Having read the less-than-thrilling reviews that many critics have been dishing out, I was attempting to keep my expectations low. As it turns out, I didn't need to. All of my expectations were blown out of the water.
Jackson has created another masterpiece in Middle-Earth. It's definitely no Lord of the Rings, but it's not intended to be. What so many critics seemingly aren't understanding is that Tolkien's book isn't nearly as apocalyptic as Lord of the Rings. Jackson does s superb job of honoring the, often, silliness of the text while simultaneously emphasizing the darker events Tolkien later wrote to fill out the background of the story. This is one of those rare films that defies criticism, simply because critics don't seem to understand the tone of the book - and, trust me, Jackson has captured it. The film is in an odd position, I'd say, as I'm sure it's the first I've seen that has been criticized for being TOO faithful to its source.
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