Saturday, January 10, 2004


Hubby and I saw Return of the King today. It was, as most people are reporting, wonderful. I probably border on being a Tolkein purist. Actually, not really, because I've lurked at message boards containing Tolkein Purists and I don't come that close. However, I love the LOTR. Before we moved, I read the books every year simply to enjoy the lush language and attention to detail in the world Tolkein created. So with Spoilers (although it is likely that hubby and I are the last in this universe to see the movie), here is my good and bad list:

The Costumes
The Sets
The Lighting of the Beacons
Eowyn in Battle
The Paths of the Dead
The Music--intense, haunting and epic. I especially love the music for Rohan.
The Horses charging into battle.
How closely the ending mirrored the books ending.
Shelob--suitably disgusting, I cringed the entire time she was on the screen.
The Witch King
Gandalf in battle--he wields a mean sword and staff!
The expressions in the eye of Sauruman
Viggo owned Aragorn in this movie.

Legolas and the elephant (though still not as bad as the surfing down the steps in Helm's Deep).
The bit about Arwen dying because.... (Gak. Who thought that was a good idea? If I had a box of popcorn I would have chucked it at the screen).
No Scouring of the Shire (The purist in me considers it essential to the story).

And unfortunately, I had read every page of this site several weeks ago, so I had lines from the diaries popping into my head at inopportune moments. It was hard to keep from giggling several times. Go read it. You'll see what I mean. {chortle}

It was a fantastic movie experience and I sincerely hope it wins the oscar this year. I can't honestly imagine any other film coming close, unless the academy wants to go for some arty flick for best picture. ROTK is truly a gorgeous film that will hold up over time.

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