Exactly. The game is nothing but mindless fanservice. I think even for the most unambicious popcorn blockbusters we still need some substance, this is a movie with no substance, there is no story to tell. The movie is a parody of itself, that are moments where the villain start a devious laugh and you just laugh with him because you can't take that seriously
Yeah the more I hear about it the more it solidifies my decision to never watch it.
I don't mind fanservice when done right; recently Godzilla vs Kong had quite a bit of it and I enjoyed that film a lot, but to echo Verter's analogy, it's okay if it's the sauce, but not the entire dish. When a film becomes a vapid, arrogant celebration of itself without the quality to back it up, it just comes off as obnoxious.
To bring it back to LOTR, I feel like these films walk a nearly perfect line between respecting and staying true to the essence of the source material without catering too hard to the fans or being a slavish monument to its past.
The Hobbit films by contrast, did become something of a parody of themselves, and just ended up feeling tacky.
Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023.