I loved it! LOVED IT LOVED IT LOVED IT!!!
and I’m a Tolkien freak, to boot. In fact, I will see it a few more times, I’m sure…
It WAS an epic! The scenery, sets, costumes, mood, representation of the book, and other aspects, were executed almost flawlessly.
The Shire was exactly as I’d imagined it.
Lothlorien was aptly ethereal.
The Pillars of the Kings were groovadelic.
I was scared shitless watching the Moria scenes, which I’d say were the best in the film. They scared me in the book, too…
I loved the Hobbits the most. They were lovely and so hobbit-like with their cute fuzzy feet! It’s amazing how Jackson was able to shrink them down so proportionately. I think he must have used child stand-ins for many parts.
The actor who played Boromir did a fantastic job, but I didn’t get his name as they whipped the credits off as soon as the film was over. THAT DRIVES ME CRAZY HERE! I think only Warner Village allows them to roll…
Some things that bothered me, but by no means affected my appreciation of the film, I’d like to impart to those who’ve not read the books:
In the book Arwen (Liv Tyler) did NOT meet them in the forest and save Frodo from the Ringwraiths!
They left out Tom Bombadil completely! why?
The relationship between Gimli and Legolas wasn’t even touched upon, as it’s an important point that the Elves and Dwarves are enemies, and those two end up becoming best friends. Also, in Lothlorien, they’re supposed to be blindfolded at first when they enter because the Elves don’t trust the Dwarf, and say that only HE should be blindfolded, but the others say they’ll be blindfolded too, in an act of comraderie…
Sam’s attachment to his horse wasn’t set up, because they’d bought “Bill” in Bree from Bill Ferney who’d mistreated him, and Sam fell in love with Bill, so when he sadly sends him away at Moria, it makes no sense.
Frodo and Sam disappear at the end of “Fellowship” and don’t let Strider know. So those three (Gimli, Aragorn “Strider”, and Legolas) go off after the Orcs, thinking that it’s Sam and Frodo who were taken away. Boromir only says ‘they’ve got the halflings’, his dying words, so Aragorn doesn’t know which ones.
Basically, the film brings the novel to life, and even with the few discrepencies, it still makes for a great adventure film, and will surely rake in a few awards at the Oscars.
I liked ‘Harry Potter’ too, but this was a feat of genius by director, Peter Jackson, while Christopher Columbus didn’t take so many artistic risks with his rendition of Potter.
Had Tolkien been alive, we may have seen a gloss akin to 'Potter, which hinged upon what JK Rowling would allow.
I’d like to say that the fantasy genre has made quite a comeback these couple years, and I’m wondering what has made this so. Could it be that we’re all wanting some form of escapism? What do you think?