Metacritic is definitely a more accurate metric. But RT is more popular because its binary ratings are simplistic, which appeals to the general public (because people generally have very short attention spans in this day and age).
ETA: cross-posted with PtB, who said much the same thing, but put it better.
"Among the tales of sorrow there are yet some in which amid weeping there is joy and under the shadow of death light that endures."
I went through all the spoilers on that imdb thread EXCEPT the one about the film-conclusion (I hope to be surprised at least once ) and what I read, I like it.
Except for the Kili-Tauriel_lego thing everything sounds right.
And another concern is that I hope it is not
Azog who defeats Gandalf and captures him.
That would be worse than Tauriel-Kili!
I read over TORN. Beorn just 5 minutes? Is that confirmed? That seems totally absurd.
Well, I may turn against my stance on the barrel scene. Seems like a fun ride and better than Goblintown (which IIRC, recieved mixed reactions from the start).
That's still better V.
PtB, is that bear form included? Still sounds very short.
And suddenly I am finding my anticipation going cold. I think that might be because of all those tweets commenting just about the action or stating it's an action film. While all middle earth films have had action none of them I can call as action-flicks. But seeing that DOS might, that depresses me. I don't want a Pirates of Middle-earth afterall.
I prefer to stay excited (unlike PtB ). Any advice?
Richard Corliss, Time's film critic, who gave AUJ a bad review, has ranked DoS as one of the top ten films of the year.
Who could guess, after the meandering first feature in a seemingly unnecessary eight-hour trilogy of films based on a novel of less than 300 pages, that Peter Jackson had such a vigorous and thrilling middle episode in store? With Bilbo (Martin Freeman), Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and the dwarves finally done with introductory dawdling, they dive into a nonstop adventure among the noble Elves, the rough-hewn humans of Laketown and the ferocious dragon Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch). This time, Andy Serkis has not lent his presence to Gollum, but his work as second-unit director is spectacular. Each complex encounter, especially a flume-ride escape of the dwarves, boasts a teeming ingenuity of action and character. A bonus: the budding romance of the warrior Elf Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) and the dwarf hunk Kili (Aidan Turner). In all, this is a splendid achievement, close to the grandeur of Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films.
I'm going to make a prediction: we'll see the early seeds of a romance in this movie, but it won't actually go that far. It will develop slightly more in TABA and they'll feel angsty about the possibility of fighting each other, but Tauriel will be heartbroken when Kili dies before they have a chance to confess their feelings to each other. Or maybe the starcrossed would-be lovers both die alongside each other, with Fili as the third wheel.
The Corliss comments are very encouraging and increases my belief that the film will be more serious and more in the vein of LOTR as I have hoped for.
This is very reassuring news.
There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.... John Rogers