BlackSmurf, I am quite interested to know which of the two movies you preferred (League or Pirates).
Oh, no, it has no importance at all! I wrote it just as an example of how, unlike some other contributors (many other perhaps?), I'm plainly unable to choose which movie I like and which not. It depends of some unknown factor beyond my will. What is silly from my side is let than a movie drives me sick or whatever, but that's the stuff I'm made of.
Anyway, since you are interested in it, I'll answer your question by private message.
Burb Lulls wrote:
If you don't like the thing because it got too boring or the acting being sub-par, perfectly fine and valid. If you don't like it because of Bombadil being left out, Gandalf's robes being the wrong shade of grey or Arwen actually existing ; these points could have added to the movie, but don't detract from it in their abscence.
Ok, but then, the movies were claimed to be a trueful translation of the LotR, which ultimately they are not. Something similar was done time ago with Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula, and that's indeed a good tactic for atracting to the theaters foolish people like me. I guess that this is what mades me mad about Peter Jackson. He owes me four or five euros for the ticket and an apology for the lie.
But do you know which is worse? There are millions of people out there that never have read LotR, that perhaps have don't even seen the movie, and that will remain forever conviced that Jackson's trilogy reflect the book as it is.
I do hate the fact that the movies really don't seem to take Tolkien's writing seriously. I've heard comments from various people around me (who have not read Tolkien) that 'Lord of the Rings is a children's fairytale.'
I'm with furiosity at this point. (But, as a disgression, I softly disagree with her contemptous use of the expression "fairy tales". I've loved children fairy tales since I first read "The Hobbit" at the high school. That's again a matter of taste, since many of my very favourite movies turn out to be fairy tales, but I rather prefer an story adressed to wise children that another one targeted to dumb adults. End of disgression.)
Coming back to Burb Lulls' post:
Before laying into it for oversights and missing plot points, try watching it as a completely normal fantasy movie based on nothing. A touch unthankful to Tolkien, but it gives a more unbiased view on the actual quality of the movie.
Ha, ha, ha! :bitter laugh: I'm afraid I won't be able to follow your well-meaned advice, since my ultimate criteria for judging every movie I watch is: "Let see if it reminds me of the LotR!", and I'm currently stuck into this point. Thank you, anyway.