When adapting a book, "purists" are the last people one should try to
please. When I heard that LOTR was being filmed way back in 1999, I bought the
books and read them. I thought they were a lot of fun and could see why they
were so beloved, but at the same time I found myself hoping that certain things
would be changed, as I couldn't see them working in a mass-market film.In my estimation, most of the songs had to go, as they would have seemed
embarassingly twee to all but the hard-core Tolkienites. Interesting yet
non-essential characters like Tom Bombadil should've probably been cut, and
(here I risk the ire of the purists) I was crossing my fingers that the scouring
of the Shire would be omitted. I get why the faithful disagree, but as part of
the story it was absolutely anti-climactic. To the disappointed,
look at it this way . . how many people ended up reading the books after seeing
the films? A lot, no? To me, that reduces your quibbles to trivia.
Yeah, Jackson made some action films that were kinda cool. Could have been much,
much better. Basically he made them for the very dumbed down crowd. Yeah, he
tore the heart out of Tolkien's masterpiece. And it's unfortunate,
because he got the look right. Tolkien for the A.D.D crowd. Oh well.
Seriously, Jeff, you are a humanities student?? Excellent, well-written article.
As insightful as any I have read about Tolkien and these amazing movie
adaptations. I give you an A+.
The Lord of the Rings trilogy are the greatest films ever made. Absolutely
magnificent in every way. I am in eager anticipation of the Hobbit films. As
far as I am concerned, Peter Jackson as well as James Cameron are the greatest
filmmakers in Hollywood. On another note, Michael Bay is the absolute worst
filmmaker in Hollywood. He completely butchered the Transformers movies. He
took a nostalgic toy and cartoon for those of us that grew up in the 80s and
destroyed it with his film adaptations. The Transformers films (the first one
is slightly okay) might by the worst films ever made and I wish that wasn't
Books are books, movies are movies...If Tolkien's son wanted something
better, why hasn't he done it? Where are the new "finished"
manuscripts? Easy to criticize success...Love the films...very very
entertaining, they don't need to be the book. The Book is a book.At least Jackson didn't do to Rings, what Lucas did to Star Wars 1-3.
Talk about a money grab.
No stranger to the books I eagerly anticipated the LOTR films. Looking back
now, there are some things that I love about the films while I loathe other
aspects. I expect the same to hold true for this next trilogy, though I do
think The Hobbit and its more focused storyline should translate to a screenplay
better. This being PJ's second go round on a trilogy I also expect the
knowledge and experience he now has will be evident in the new films, that they
will be tighter and more polished. I don't mind changes if
they make sense. I do mind if the changes are made for cheap gains i.e. cool
stunt or to throw a curve ball at those who are already familiar with the
story....Let the story speak for itself....