@ Lord Dimwit
Ok, you had to ask, so I guess I must answer
It really bugs me when people trash something like this without even having seen it.
Who dares trashing LOTR without even having seen it? I guess that somebody wiser than I am. If only I had been told before...
I remember having spend my very first euros in a ticket for FOTR. Worthless the money
, since I run away from the theatre soon after Mortensen, Wood and the so-called hobbits met miss Tyler. A fiery aura (or was it a black malignant aura?) surrounded me.
Glorfinder being replaced by... Arwen? Popeye? Gandalf on a white oliphant? who really cares about? ...Glorfindel's removal was more that I could stand.
"Wasn't enough for Jackson to repeate every single mistake of Baski's version? Did he really need to add so many errors from himself? That's ENOUGH. You've abused from my patience too often! Can on the beard of that vile traitor fall off his face!" I felt mad
The plot, the characters, the dialogs, the scenes, the places... nothing matched. Nothing seemed but a hideous counterfeit of the story I love so much. A Celtiquish soundtrack for the Shire? "Frodo" reading a book on a tree's branch?? "Gandalf" hitting his head against Bag-End lamps??? "Pippin" and "Merry" the rascals, the mushroom-thieves????!!!! It had been growing worse and worse from the very begining...
Overall, though, I think PJ did a great job interpretting the books especially after watching those crappy cartoon versions. What I say to the detractors is if you don't like it, go out there and make a better one yourself. It bugs me to hear people say of someone like PJ, who followed his passion and spent years of his life trying to fulfill a dream, get trashed for making an awesome set of three films. It wasn't meant to be an exact copy of the book. Hate to be cliche but "Get over yourselves." The only person who has any right to complain that he didn't follow the books exactly is Mr. Tolkien himself, and my guess is that he would be very pleased with this 'interpretation'.
No, he shouldn't. I guess he would had spitted on Jackson's beard. Not literally, since Tolkien was a gentleman, not a troll... but do you understand what I mean, don't you? Supposing he was the only person who had any right to complain (which I don't agree with), let's had a watch on some of his published opinions:
- look at On Fairy-Tales
, note A, for "sensible fans" as being opposite at "great fans".
- look at his published Letters
on previous adaptations from LOTR:
on BBC radio version: letters #175 to #177, #194, #198 "I believe that vulgarization would be less painful that foolishation attained by the BBC".
on (frustrated) Zimmerman's cartoon version: letter #201, #207, #210.
(For all of you that don't have the former books at hand, unfortunatelly, I currently can't supply true quotes in English language.
) I think that most of this stuff can as well be applied to Mr. Jackson's movies. May I be wrong at this point, at least it shows that Tolkien was indeed the Master of Nitpickers, complaining about such minor points like: "Hobbits at Isengard eating ludicrouly big sandwiches, instead of one smoking / the other one reading like I depicted in my book", etc. (letter #210).
@ Lord Dimwit
Oh, my dear, but your were asking about ROTK. I'm sorry, but I'm not wise enough for opining about a movie that I've not even seen, and I'm never going to see. I have no mouth, and I must cry!