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I saw it last night, 11:40pm show which ended at almost 3am =) That was definitely not the best idea, but it was still AMAZING amazing amazing. I have to see it again during the day. This movie is going to pull in massive earnings because everyone I know is seeing it at least twice.

Just for background: I haven't gotten around to reading the books yet. "The Hobbit" was read to us in 7th Grade, but that was my first exposure to the fantasy realms, so there was a lot that I didn't understand. I got the Lord of the Rings trilogy in the boxed set of 6 for my wedding, so I'll start on The Hobbit, then the trilogy after I finish the fourth Harry Potter book.

[Update] Where IS my head today? I'm spelling everything wrong... agh...

The first hour was slowslowslow. And I was fighting to stay awake for the second half hour so I spaced on most the Arwen stuff. I hear that they beefed up Arwen's part from the novel to give the movie a bigger Estrogen Quotient anyway, so I guess that works out for me =)

Hugo Weaving's Elrond didn't bother me as much as I thought it would. The thing I hated the most about Agent Smith was the sqeaking/whistling noise when he breathed through his partially stuffed nose. And that wasn't the case here. =)

Gandalf bothered me more actually. From what I know, Gandalf is supposed to be a powerful ancient wizard, but in the movie, he gave me the impression of a tired old man that got picked off way too easily. I don't think it was Ian McKellan because he did "ancient and powerful" REALLY WELL as Magneto in X-men.

And I was kinda distracted through the whole thing by The LOVELY Elf Boy (I say "boy" but Legolas was probably thousands of years old). It's funny because I don't think much of Orlando Bloom's everyday look...

I found the Hobbits very annoying because of the CG. The obvious use of body doubles and always having the Hobbits' backs turned. The Frodo and Gandalf in the cart scenes at the beginning were especially annoying. They'd cut from one to the other and I got this general feeling of "dishonesty".

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Dec. 22nd, 2001 03:06 pm (UTC)
I think Fellowship is one of the few movies where people actually seemed to like it better if they had read the books :[

Some of your concerns are actually addressed in the trilogy so... read them now :-)
Dec. 22nd, 2001 03:09 pm (UTC)
Well, plus it was my own dumbass fault for going at midnight after a long day and knowing that my throat acts up at night. =P
Dec. 22nd, 2001 07:13 pm (UTC)
Heard a reviewer on CBC Radio describing McKellan's performance at the start as having an unintentional homo-erotic feel to it. Haven't seen it yet, but I think I know what she was refering to... Giving exacting direction to a proven actor to over-emote. I suppose it comes along with a history of directing splatter films ;)

Dec. 23rd, 2001 05:27 pm (UTC)
I totally know what you're talking about about Legolas! I couldn't keep my eyes off of him in the movie. Every time he got his bow out I was like "wow" :-)
Dec. 23rd, 2001 05:31 pm (UTC)
Yeah =)

There was an evil ring? There were hobbits in the movie? I didn't notice... =D
Dec. 23rd, 2001 07:48 pm (UTC)
Dec. 25th, 2001 06:39 am (UTC)
I saw LoTRs last night and was very pleased. The following is also a spoiler so if read no further, unless you’ve seen the movie.

I can understand you’re feelings about the beginning being slow. However, they did cut out huge chunks from the start of the story. I didn’t mind, because they would have to obviously do that. However, I was very pleased with the end result. Some of the deviations they made were with Merry and Pippins characters. In the movie they’re almost comical characters, but that is not how they are in the book. In the book, Frodo announces he is leaving Bag End to move to his old home in Brandywine. You see Frodo is an adopted heir of Bilbo Baggins and not an actual relative. Instead of leaving almost immediately, he spent a month preparing to go, with the cover story that he was moving to the other end of the shire. Merry and Pippin guess the actual purpose of his feint, and secretly plan to accompany him with the help if Sam. So they abbreviated that entire sequence remarkably well. Furthermore, they eliminated the entire journey to Bree. In the book, the hobbits have an encounter with Old Man Willow, Tom Bombadil, and a Barrow Wight. However, I will leave those detail unspoiled so you can read the book.

I also figured they would explain more about Gollum and how he discovered the ring. He was actually a hobbit named of Smeagel before the ring corrupted him. Again I will leave those exact details for you to read in the book.

One of things that I really liked about Gandalf was the fact that he did make un-necessary displays of power. He was portrayed in the movie very well. Remember that he stops the Balrog at the bridge at Khazad Dum. The six Balrogs fell to Middle Earth with Morgoth (also knows as Melkor). Morgoth was someone they didn’t mention much in the movie or the books, but he was the evil that corrupted the creation of middle earth. Otherwise, the realm would have been a creation of paradise. Sauron, was actually a servant of Morgoth before he was captured and imprisoned across the sea. You may remember that Elron said the elves were leaving Middle Earth. That is an important point that wasn’t explored much in the movie. The elve’s mission was to complete the songs of creation and make way for the rule of man. Now their job is done, they are departing middle earth to cross the sea to Valinor, home their creators. Elves do not die from age, and so carry all the sorrows of the long history of middle earth. Crossing the sea enables them to put down that burden. Anyway, Gandalf really shows his power by stopping he Balrog. In the book, Gandlaf’s battle with Saruman was only shown by the Hobbits watching flashed of distant light far off on the horizon.

Finally, Arwen’s part was beefed up. It was the elf Glorfindel that meets Aragorn and the Hobbits after the Ring Wraith’s attack at Weather Top. Glorfindel is the son of Elron and Arwen is his daughter. She was a character in the background. Furthermore, in the movie she summons the flood that sweeps the Nazgul away. It was actually a combination of Gandlaf and Elron that summoned the flood. Elves don’t have any overt magical powers. While they did a great job with the movie and explaining the power of the One Ring, the other rings weren’t covered very well. They did mention that the Nazgul, who were former kings of men, wore the Nine Rings of Man. The seven Dwarven rings are lost forever. However, the three Elven rings remain. The possessors of two of the elven rings are known. Elron and Galadreil wear them, and that is why their realms are enchanted. If the one ring is destroyed the elven rings will fail and their kingdoms will fade away.
Dec. 25th, 2001 12:44 pm (UTC)
*nod* *nod* Yup.
*nod* *nod* Yup.
*nod* *nod* Yup.
*nod* *nod* Yup.

I'm amazed at how much I know without actually having read the books. It's all osmoted from the AD&D culture. =)

It was actually a combination of Gandlaf and Elron that summoned the flood.

That's much more believable than Arwen herself. Both Galdalf and Elrond having two of the three Elven Rings, summoning a flood (with some degree of difficulty maybe) is more plausible. Gandalf has the Narya (Fire), Elrond has the Vilya (Air) and Galadriel has the Nenya (Water and Chief of the Three Rings).
Jan. 3rd, 2002 10:00 am (UTC)
how do you do the link because i want to do that to my long entries.
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