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Imagination Connoisseur, David Atkin, loves the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy and while he enjoyed THE HOBBIT movies, there was something about them that wasn’t quite right. He explains …

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Greetings Rob, the concierge of cultural consignment …

As a massive fan of the LORD OF THE RINGS films I remember seeing them at the cinema here in England yearly with my dad. I love all three films with the high fantasy storytelling and themes. At the time I hadn’t read the books but my dad had back in the 70s when he was at college. I have the extended editions on blu ray which I know you worked on.

I loved the lived in look of the films. Years later when THE HOBBIT was announced with Del Toro directing, I though that will be interesting with a darker tone. When it was announced that Peter Jackson was doing two films, I thought “That’s good news, as they will be the same look and feel as LORD OF THE RINGS.”

I like THE HOBBIT films, but think it was a mistake the do three films instead of two.

I’m not sure what it is, but the films look too new and not “lived in” like the LOTR films. I’m not sure if this is because the LOTR was shot on film so it has that gritty feel and THE HOBBIT was digital. Also, in the LOTR, they used a lot of extras in makeup and costumes, where as THE HOBBIT had too many cgi characters.

I know Ian Mckellen got frustrated filming in the green screen room on his own and getting directed to act to nothing instead of having an actor there. Could you share some insight as to why THE HOBBIT looks a bit…off?

Thank you. Congratulations on 30,000 subs, Dave