I know I’m not supposed to like these films, but there’s a lot I really enjoy about them, especially this one. It starts to betray Jackson’s worst tendencies (which become all the more pronounced later), but there’s a great energy to it, some terrific sequences, and Freeman and McKellen are terrific. I also appreciate how it weaves in the theme of home and belonging, a unifying theme that gives the film a spine and feels true to the content of the novel. The series will fall apart later, but I remember being optimistic after seeing this one, and still find it tremendously entertaining.
Watched: Extended Edition