Originally Posted by Arjen Rudd
I never feel awesome about assigning character defects, especially nebulous ones like self deception, to large swaths of people I disagree with.
All I mean, basically, is that love clouds vision. 3.5/5 is a good score for this film, I don't think any of us would disagree. And yet, superfans jumped on me for that score & my, very fair, review (along with jumping on all the critics who "just didn't 'get' it" - man, I hate that crap). Yeah, there's a bit of self-deception going on...and as time passes, I think it will be re-assessed by super-fans, in hindsight. (Although, there are plenty of Star Wars fans out there who still claim that Phantom Menace is a great movie, so who knows.) Love is a powerful thing - and they LOVE (love, love) their PJ. It's a nice thing, but it's also a *bit* of a shame because it gives him a free pass to get a little lazy with his cutting and editing.
There's a difference between your own personal opinion that you love the film (TOTALLY fine), and professing that it's a well-crafted, great film and arguing with people when they point out its obvious flaws (for instance, I love freakin' "A Knight's Tale," but I know it's a crappy cheese-fest...there is no self-deception going on there; I just like it - I am well aware of all its flaws and will not argue).
And I think, at some level, they already realize it a little, or else there would be more "HOBBIT FOR ALL THE OSCARS" posts. I would be right there with them if it was a well-crafted piece of art! (Hell, I've already stuck out my neck on that about Avengers - I do believe that if that particular film was about anything other than superheroes it would be nominated for a lot of stuff - director, screenplay & film, for sure - it's a well-crafted, well-told, well-paced ensemble story that just happens to be about a "silly" subject. Hobbit has a "silly" subject, but none of the other things...well, except ensemble.)
Me? I'm just a bit sad for what could have been. I still hold out hope that there will be a *true* Hobbit film made one day. Guillermo would be perfect for it.