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  1. #191
    Well, the movie did cost a large fortune to make, and probably cost a lot to market as well, and then those costs are tripled when taking into account 2 more movies that each will need the same, so the metric the critics are using probably involves applying that timeline to trending for the future movies. It also doesn't help that it's doing less sales than LOTR:ROTK. But a flop? No.
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  2. #192
    The only flop was the toyline, which is not as bad as it could have been (I recently bought a few pieces on super clearance and they aren't wholly awful), but is certainly not what the Toy Biz line was.

  3. #193
    Quote Originally Posted by Maradona View Post
    The only flop was the toyline, which is not as bad as it could have been (I recently bought a few pieces on super clearance and they aren't wholly awful), but is certainly not what the Toy Biz line was.
    I don't know why they picked that company to handle the Hobbit toys. Those figures were just one step above "tourist trap" gift-shop quality. Not even close to the level of detail that we saw in the ROTK line. Very disappointing.
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  4. #194
    I wouldn't be surprised to learn that The Bridge Direct got the license simply by wanting it and having enough investors to throw the most money and the right resources at Warner Bros. I notice that The Bridge now has the Looney Toons Show and Annoying Orange licenses as well.
    Darth Vader is becoming the Mickey Mouse of Star Wars.

    "In Brooklyn, a castle, is where dwell I"
    The use of a lightsaber does not make one a Jedi, it is the ability to not use it.

  5. #195
    Well, I finally got around to seeing this last night on Blu-Ray. I ended up enjoying it more than I thought I would. I had heard that it was "long winded", so I never went to the theater to see it. Except for maybe the first part, it really wasn't that at all. I think it had a nice balance. It was nice seeing some of the old characters, especially Gandalf of course. I've never read the book, but I like how they included the ring in this story. I'll be looking forward to the next two.

  6. #196
    Even seeing your post saying "long winded" felt like a shock, the movie is long but I didn't get any longwindedness from it, it's much more an adventure than the LOTR films were. Not a ton of big speeches and moments. The beginning does take WAY too long though.
    Darth Vader is becoming the Mickey Mouse of Star Wars.

    "In Brooklyn, a castle, is where dwell I"
    The use of a lightsaber does not make one a Jedi, it is the ability to not use it.

  7. #197
    It was a term that a few movie critics used. They were definitely wrong. I hope the other movies continue with the "adventure" tone that this one had. My daughter enjoyed it so much that she started reading the book the next day.

  8. #198
    Quote Originally Posted by Snowtrooper View Post
    It was a term that a few movie critics used. They were definitely wrong. I hope the other movies continue with the "adventure" tone that this one had. My daughter enjoyed it so much that she started reading the book the next day.
    Sounds to me like critics using that term were gauging it based on preconceived notions from the LOTR movies rather than what this movie actually was.

    Glad to hear your daughter liked it that much. The Hobbit was a easy enough book for me to get into as a kid, never could break through the LOTR books though, they'd just keep losing me early into the first one, too dense, too much info-dumping in a very specific style.
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    The use of a lightsaber does not make one a Jedi, it is the ability to not use it.

  9. #199
    Its probably true. I have to admit that I had the same preconceived notions that kept me from going to see it in the theaters. I saw all the LOTR movies in the theaters but felt like ROTK kinda drug on too long and could have been wrapped up alot quicker. When I read "long winded" on some of the reviews, it turned me off and I decided to wait for the DVD release.

  10. #200
    For me, ROTK the theatrical cut was the worst experience of that trio, but not due to longwindedness, just having no real emotional core and no major drama the way the previous 2 did. The extended cut changed that considerably, but did feel like it had longwindedness I suppose.

    It's too bad those reviews kept you out of the theaters. On the other hand, a movie this long, maybe staying home and having an intermission isn't a bad thing.
    Darth Vader is becoming the Mickey Mouse of Star Wars.

    "In Brooklyn, a castle, is where dwell I"
    The use of a lightsaber does not make one a Jedi, it is the ability to not use it.

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