Bhaga d'Auroville 
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Re: “The Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies

*sigh...* One factor you didn't give importance enough to in your oversimplified history of PJ and team's involvement with Middle-earth, is that already for the last film of LOTR PJ got much flak for what was called the 'multiple endings' of ROTK. Luckily the Oscars still rolled in, but this time around, and with WB a much tighter boss than New Line had been, PJ has been in trouble again right after the very first movie because of the leisurely pace of AUJ. For the two others in this new Trilogy he has been asked to make shorter and brisker films. This goes directly against his natural tendency, that obviously enjoys making them long. But DOS was already faster and shorter indeed, and now BOTFA has been so trimmed that PJ managed to make it the shortest of all, at 144 minutes only, including credits. And he proudly spoke of its brisk space, calling it a 'thriller' of sorts.
But that has been achieved at a cost, of course: in such a short film one cannot expect to have all that ought to be in this last film, and much has had to be kept for the Extended Edition that is still to come out - as it did for all the other five films of this 'Hexology', as PJ calls the two Trilogies put together in their real chronological order: 'The Hobbit' first and then LOTR, which happens sixty years later as the continuation of the same vaster story.
So I personally don't see the 'gold' factor as so important as you make it out to be in your overall interpretation. I can't speak for WB, but please give to PJ and Co at least the benefit of the doubt, for I think they really deserve it.

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Posted by Bhaga d'Auroville on 01/09/2015 at 9:16 AM
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