Though I've watched the theatrical release of this trilogy multiple times, I'd never seen the "extended" version of any of the three installments. Not to mention, I'd never watched the entire series in the same month, much less within 24 hours.
Rest assured I can now scratch this life goal off of my Bucket List. In which case: here are a few passing thoughts.
- Many points of confusion I previously had were cleared up, as scenes cut from the theatrical release did in many cases help to clarify subsequent scenes in the released version.
- This newfound understanding comes at a cost, with each unedited movie running upwards of four hours.
- Is it just me, or does Gandalf use surprisingly little magic for a fully-certified wizard?
- Christian and historical allegory are both more obvious in the extended release.
- Despite not generally enjoying SCI-FI/Fantasy, I'm remarkably in awe of Lord of the Rings and — as everyone here knows — Harry Potter (now, please, stop laughing).
- This really is a great story (not to mention, beautifully shot), with a few weak points — some scenes and plots a bit overdone for the big screen as a means of securing a wider audience.
- I wish people were more like hobbits... sans the hairy feet. Because let's face it: hobbits are cool and people suck, but feet don't need help being any more unattractive.