Originally Posted by Agentsands77
Wouldn't the ideal adaptation preserve more of the spirit of Tolkien's work? His LOTR is really kind of a mythic downer. At best, it can be described as a bittersweet. But it's an epic about the fading of a mythical world, a world in which victory over evil always comes with some pretty heavy sacrifices and caveats.
Maaan I know ya'll are gonna default to haterism but this is what FIVE ARMIES is all about. LOTR lands soft, for me, once its all said and done because there really isn't a whole lot of lasting sacrifice. My mans Boromir - never forget - that's way back in the first one. Everyone else comes out fresh, Aragorn on the Throne, the Shire unburned. It does kind of pull that punch right where its most necessary for the authorial intent to actually land.
FIVE ARMIES actually does land that, in a manner that damn near every blockbuster shies from. The cost is there, in the final funeral procession. And for what? Not a lot accomplished, especially if you consider what happens after. Its not just about being victorious over evil, its about overcoming hubris at immense actual cost. Textually, Frodo should be beat the fuck out by the end of LotR but he wakes up in a nice hotel and sees his friends.
Contrast to Bilbo's final scenes in FIVE ARMIES. Whole different game man.
I'm all about Peter Jackson's The Hobbit. It doeasnt replace, or displace, or otherwise influence my appreciation for the native work. I read it with my daughter and its a rousing adventure tale. The movie is a whole different thing, about other things, and I think ultimately about more meaningful things than the supernatural road trip in LotR.*
*except for the whole addiction angle Jackson plays again and again with the Ring. That is heavy, and painfully accurate.