Well I went to see the movie last night, and I was somewhat disapointed. Its not as good as the last ones, and I can't see how any charactors are
Acadamy Award material.
Positivly, in the beginning when the Elves are moving through the forest, not only was the forest one that we recognised, but the bird song were from
the birds in that forest, a nice touch I thought.
I was getting into the movie like normal, when suddenly the first Orc leader turned up, and with a palatable shock I realised what he reminded me of,
an chrarctor from Bad Taste, one of Jacksons early movies...
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Am I the only person to notice the similarity? After that the magic was lost for me, and it just became a movie like any other.
Then we got to the battle scenes, with stock generic screaming peassants, why do they have to always look the same? Never mind, the Giant orcs etc
were awesome as well as shadowfax riding around with gandalf clinging on the back.
I think the movie would have been immensly increased if the annoying and pathetic Mary and Pippin were killed off early, the extended scenes of them
were getting tedious.
As I said before the battle scenes were fantastic the massive impact of the forces were amazing to see, however then they bought on the elephants. OK
I know they are in the book, but come on it was so derivative I expected to see an X wing fighter as well, and "Luke use the force" being uttered
Despite that the Dwarf came out with the best line of the night. When the Elf had slaughtered an entire elephant full of fighters, he said to him
"That only counts as one".
Then there was the battle with the faceless warrior that "no man could kill" which seemed little little overhyped in the beginning as a women killed
him (sort of screws with the meaning of "man" in this case).
The spider was another derivitive scene, that I am sure I have seen before, never mind, how many times can you make a spider scene truely frightening?
It was well done.
The Hobbits journey was well done, and as expected Gollum was excellent, but the reason he shone so much was becuse the other actors were quite
wooden, that may have been an aspect of the book, apart from male warrior bonding and fighting, the charactors didn't really do that much in this
The females wandered around looking "wet" as one person described the elf woman, or lost, except near the end where feminism exerted itself and the
daughter went into battle (maybe a big thing in the 30's when Tolkein wrote the book).
All in all it still was an amazing movie, but that was owing to the battle scenes and knowing the book from having read it years ago.
If you didn't have the book background some of the things that happened wouldn't have really made sence, and others, like the dead soldier army
(which I liked) would have seemed like a poor plot device to send in the cavalry and save the good guys.
I anticipate watching the extended version, it will certianly fill in the holes in the plot,