Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: sailing my ship
Saw it last night. Loved it. Was only disturbed by the fact that the audience kept laughing during Gollum's scenes. I thought Andy Serkis did a fine job of showing that creature's pain and I was uncomfortable when the audience kept laughing at every scene he was in.
The filmmakers did cut a lot from the books; however, I also believe that these films, while trying to stay true to Tolkien's vision, are also made for the average filmgoer who will never pick up the books. With any adaptation, there will be a lot of the book left on the cutting room floor and if the filmmakers can capture the essence of the book, then that is all that can be asked of them. I think Jackson and Co did that.
Arwen was the character I had the hardest time coming to grips with. However, I would argue that Arwen was not brought onto the scene just to show that the fellowship is not queer, but to show the beautiful love story that Tolkien wrote in his appendix about Arwen and Aragon and that sacrifices that she has to make in order to be with the man she loves. I thought the filmmakers did a great job of bringing in her story (mind you, she was only onscreen for 10 minutes if that) and showing her influence on Aragon's life.
Of course, this is all my own opinion. My favorite scene was the battle of Helm's Deep. Quite spectacular. The Ents were really amazing. Sam (Sean Astin) was wonderful, grounding Frodo in reality. Elijah Wood (his big, bright eyes deserve a special award all their own) allowed the audience to see Frodo's obsession with the ring and how it was consuming him.
Anyone up for a road trip to New Zealand?