See, the big problem with movies that are 3+ hours is you can't just sit down and watch them. You have to dedicate a day to watching them. I mean, when making the extended edition of The Lord of the Rings, Peter Jackson said you have to recognize that home theatre is a different medium...that people can stop a film and come back to it later. But what is this, my elementary school lunch hour, where we'd watch a half-hour of a film per day? That's how I first saw Return of the Jedi...a half-an-hour per day over the course of a week. So when I sit down to watch a film, I don't watch a little bit here and a little bit there...I watch the whole damn thing from start to end.
Which is why I dedicated this Sunday to watching the extended edition of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers...all three hours and 45 minutes of it.
I haven't watched The Two Towers in a while, so I can't really speak as to how it improves over the theatrical edition. But I can tell you this...it just felt longer. Yeah, I know, that's kind of stupid to say. But things I remembered happening earlier in the theatrical edition happened later in the extended edition, and I found myself waiting for those things to happen.
But like the extended edition of Fellowship of the Ring, I did notice more character moments added in. We got to know Faramir a little better, which was nice to see. It makes his decisions a little more thought out and it makes him a more sympathetic character.
Hee hee...there's Legolas, surfing down the stairs on his shield, shooting down orcs with his arrows. Man, I remember the fans hating that when the film first came out. "Is Legoals...skateboarding? WTF?"
And speaking of "when the film first came out," I remember my best friend saw it before me, and he said, "Dude, Gollum is the heart and soul of that film." I think in the extended edition, that's diminished somewhat, as there's less of him. Or, at least, it feels like there's less of him.
That being said, I still think Sam's speech is pretty darn awesome.
But yeah...next we'll have to do The Return of the King: Extended Edition. All four hours. Sheesh..The things I do to keep by geek cred.