director Peter Jackson
The kids wanted to watch The Lord of the Rings, march right through the series. I warned them that these movies are all loooong. At three hours, though, The Two Towers is much shy of the finale in length.
I hadn’t revisited the films since seeing them in the theater a decade ago on their initial release. They are epic enough once.
The films are largely wonderfully cast and designed. The worlds of Middle Earth and the characters find beautiful rendering in Peter Jackson’s films.
But here in 2013, we are dealing with Jackson’s hubristic The Hobbit (2012) series, pumped up as long as the whole The Lord of the Rings trilogy, while based on a much more slim volume. So, some cynicism has arisen in my heart at Jackson, even in viewing this older films.
Not entirely fair. But there you go.
The kids really enjoyed the film. Gollum makes for an interesting and sympathetic hook. Felix actually fell asleep for the last hour of the film and caught up watching it with Clara the next day. She gladly sat through the ending again. Still influenced by Felix’s playing of LEGO The Lord of the Rings.
We’re all ready to watch the finale next Saturday.