Rating: 3 of 5
There’s a part of me that wanted this to end up with a 2.75 star rating, just so it fell into the 2s, just out of spite. But as disappointed as I was, it wasn’t awful enough to honestly deserve that kind of a rating. And the performances were so very good from all the actors that I couldn’t do that to them. So, it gets a 3 rating and a review full all the ways it feel short.
The whole defining chapter marketing still bothers me considerably. Especially now, having seen the film, and how very un-Tolkien the whole thing is. It’s a poor enough showing in and of itself. To try to turn it into the defining chapter of an epic saga does a terrible injustice to the rest of it.
I understand why Christopher Tolkien wouldn’t be fond of Peter Jackson and his work. I’m not fond of what these films have done to this story and it’s not even my father whose work they’ve diminished. But the book still exists. And it can’t be expanded or interfered with. The movies can be ignored, if need be. It’s just disappointing because they could have been good.