posted on Dec, 20 2002 @ 07:29 AM
No it could have been done WAAAAAY Better. You've not read the books Kim?
Oh man they have so far been leaving out the best parts of the books.
In the first movie, they did not emphasise the "passing" of the elves from middle earth as they did in the books, they didn't show just what their
passage/deaths mean. The end of middle earth. In a sense, their world is passing away with the elves, to leave plain us in its place, no more
dwarves orcs or goblins, nothing but humans.
In the second book this was even FURTHER emphasised by the "Ents" inwhich Treebeard has a bit of a discussion about how the names of places are
shortening. And he reflects on how Lothlorien used to have a much longer name, as did himself. And he raises the question if the reason for the
shortening names is because the things themselves are becomming lesser, and diminishing.
And back to the first movie, they left out the most important part of all, Sam's vision in the Mirror of Galadriel. Where he sees the burning
villiage (which was shown) and then he sees frodo sleeping. He wants to run back to the shire. But Galadriel tells him that the mirror only shows
what might be, or what might never be at all. And tells him that if he were to go back to the shire, that that might be what lets the shire burn and
be besieged (which happens to be true) so she tells him to continue the journey, and not to choose his path based on the Mirror. Which consequently,
he gets to see the "Sleeping Frodo, so cold and blue and peaceful" (That'll come up early in the 3rd movie)
Finally, I bet they won't show Arwyn's death in the 3rd movie either. That there alone is the one of the most important parts of the whole story,
but its not even in the books, its in the appendix, because it is pretty much the last thing that happens in Middle Earth. After her death, she Dies
in Lothlorien, Winter settles upon lothlorien for the first time ever, and in effect, Middle Earth passes from reality, and into history, and
eventually to legend and myth.
So you can see, that the movies are short-falling on the meaningful aspect. But I don't blame them, many don't view the books as meaning anything.
So the director is just making the movie as literal as he can, and he's omitting things that might give too much foreshadowing to other things in the
movie, for dramatic purposes.
I think the second movie did do the Ents very well, I wasn't expecting that much, and gollum was done well too, and I think they really well showed
how close Smeagol was to being free...but because of Faramir and his men, he was again turned into Gollum, and broods his treachery.
But when I say they could have done it a little better, it is because they are omitting what I feel is the most saddening part of the whole story.
That is the passing of the elves and of middle earth. Even sauron's end I thought was a shame, because with that end, came the end of ALL of the
people's of Middle Earth.
They do not stress enough in the movie, the importance of the existance of the "One Ring of Power" it is more than just an evil. It is the essence
of all Elvendom in Middle Earth. With its destruction Gandalf loses the ability to weild fire, Galadriel's ring of Adament loses its power to keep
the forest of Lothlorien as it has been for many thousands of years. And Elrond's ring also loses its power.
In effect, the whole story is a real sad tale of how all must eventually pass into history, not even with the Immortal elves can all that happend be
rememberd by those who lived it. As Elrond had seen the death of Morgoth, but he too must leave Middle Earth, and all thats left is a book of
Morgoth too, is an example of the "diminishing" of middle earth. As Elrond says, and they left this out of the movie too...."I remember it, for I
was there, on the Daggorlad plain (or whatever) and I remember the splender of the banners, which were more so than now, but not as much as when the
hosts of Valinor broke Thangorodrim (and defeated morgoth or whatever)and the elves deemed that Evil was rid from Middle Earth but it was not so" He
is saying that the past was MORE than the present, and that the 1st defeat of Sauron was more than now but not as much as in the defeat of Morgoth,
and now is but a memory of what it once was, and the future, will be nothing, but the history of Middle Earth.
I just think there is too much to throw into the movie, but I'd really have liked to seen these things in it. I think the small details in the books
really gave it a meaning that almost no one looks at it with.
[Edited on 20-12-2002 by FreeMason]