I enjoyed it very much. And while I found it slightly OTT in terms of endless action sequences (the last twenty minutes or so in particular,) I still loved the look, the characters, the gorgeous, gorgeous design. Yes, Frank was involved to the hilt in this movie. It’s particularly pleasing to see the work of someone you love come to fruition… I would see a scene, and remember him painting it. *geek moment*
And this film (watch as I eat my hat) has reconciled me to the mix of motion capture and animation Weta uses so effectively. I even forgot about it, after a while, which is the highest compliment I could ever give. Beautiful work. Some funny dialogue, too. Hmm, do I sense the presence of a certain Doctor Who writer?
So all in all, a satisfying day. I am thirty-nine years old. I feel like I ought to develop gravitas and authority, and wear a Fedora (yes, the better to eat it.)