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Live Poll: Peter Jackson's Biggest Mistake

Peter Jackson's Middle-earth movies are one of the biggest financial successes in cinema's history having won nearly 6 billion dollars. They also have 37 Oscar nominations with 17 wins, including Best Picture for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (the only fantasy movie that have ever won). Although there are some things that the fans are complaining. Which was in your opinion the biggest mistake in Peter Jackson's six movies about Middle-earth?

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3 years ago

He made three movies out of one book 

The Lord of the Rings was great in every sense, The Hobbit was lacking. Having characters from out of the book and making up storylines was a big mistake, but that was in part due to the need to make three movies, which could have been easily avoided by following Tolkien's story as it was.

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3 years ago

Making three movies out of one book is my vote as well. 

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3 years ago

Edits:
Although there are some things that the fans are complaining about
#8: I don't care about the Middle-earth saga at all

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corrected! thanks

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You missed this:
Although there are some things that the fans are complaining about.

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done

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3 years ago

Perhaps it should be clearer from the title that this poll is only about his Middle-earth films?
For instance: 
Peter Jackson's Middle-earth Mistakes
(or something better, but it should include Middle-earth somewhere)

Typos:
...the only fantasy movie that has ever won)

#5: The appearance of characters who weren't in the books

And in #2, omission is a better word to use than disappearance. 

Also, in the fourth entry (The use of CGI), are you referring to an overuse of CGI or its quality? It might be good to clarify that.

:)

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Corrected, thanks! As for the CGI I am referring to both overuse and quality

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Thanks.
A few more suggestions:

"Although there are some things that the fans are complaining about." -- Perhaps you could add critics as well?
"Although there are some things that fans and critics are complaining about."

A minor detail: Peter Jackson's name only needs to be linked once.

Regarding entry #7 (No faults, the films are masterpieces); it refers to all films as masterpieces, though some may consider the LotR trilogy a masterpiece, and not the Hobbit films, or vice versa. So maybe you need more options for that?

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Thanks.

More options to consider:

- Changing the initial plan for The Hobbit films, which was to have two films based on The Hobbit, and one film based on the Appendices 

- Having Legolas do feats of heroism, which often defy the laws of physics. Examples: surfing on a shield/giant spider while shooting; killing a war oliphaunt single-handedly; jumping (and walking) on falling rocks.

- Adding some forced connections to link the two trilogies. Examples: Thranduil mentioning Aragorn to Legolas, having Gloin talk to Legolas about his son Gimli, adding an entire subplot with the return of Sauron.

- Experimenting with 48fps+3D format, on such a large-scale film series as The Hobbit trilogy

- Omitting other characters like Glorfindel and Prince Imrahil (could perhaps be added to entry #2?)

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I noticed a typo in #12: they are masterpieces

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I noticed a typo in #12: they are masterpieces

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3 years ago

Off-hand, I can't put a finger on it but it's regarding the last film of the Hobbit trilogy.  It's a tonal and character shift that makes me think of idiot Michael Bay in the character development and screenwriting process.

I really enjoyed the first two movies of that trilogy... and was stunned into hating the final film.

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Agreed. The Battle of the Five Armies is the weakest film of the series. PJ had many problems with the amount of time the Production game him because Guillermo del Toro was gonna direct the trilogy and then he left so they had to start from scratch and redesign the films from the beginning.

You can find it here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQkygZdZ_Vk

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2 years ago

My Vote: #6. Made 3 movies out of 1 book.

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