Monday, April 20, 2015
The co-existance of hobbits and people in the same image mostly looks very convincing, often achieved with oldfashioned effects. The actors are very good. There are some impressive sequences. The dark figure on the flying dragon, the fifteen year old me found that to be pretty awsome. The walking and talking trees. Jackson never forgets putting in emotional beats in the dragged out fights. There are some quite lyrical parts. What took me out of the film was anytime Gollum is on the screen. They couldn't have achieved him better using an actor, maybe tweaked with CGI? It's never completely convincing as a 100% CGI effect, clearly being in another layer than the other actors. Oh, well... My favourite is probably the first one, that only gets a bit lost in CGI overload towards the end, with the stone trolls and other creatures. Gandalf for President.
Added: Watched the first half of the third one and lost interest. It's the weakest film, not as well told, with CGI up the ying-yang and generally ugly and fake looking.