Thread: peter's orcs
Back onto Goblins and orcs. . . how intimidating can such things be without them looking totally ridiculous? Goblins and Orcs aren't suppose to be the most scary things in all of Middle Earth, and I think Jackson even pulled it off better then most could have. They were rugged, dirty, yet still flesh-hungry, growling, snarling beasts, yet they were not as intimidating as Balrog, but I would not want to have a cup o' tea with one of them either.
I respect your opinion in full, but I just think Peter Jackson directed the movie tremendously well.
I must differ with you though, on Jackson's Orcs. I had always pictured orcs as kind of like Neanderthal Elves, and I was pleasantly surprised that the look of the Uruk Hai sort of captured that look and were very scary looking. I wouldn't want to meet them in a dark alley (or have a cup of tea with them either ).
The visual we get later, with the Mordor orcs, seems to work better. More huminoid in appearance but obviosly twisted by evil.
Which leads me to how the orcs came to be. Just like Peter had Saurumen tell the audience in the film, "...they were elves once." Morgoth captured them and twisted them to create the race of orcs.
So the orc designed should look, IMHO, like deformed and twisted elves.
Granted, thinking on this, I guess Peter's Moria goblins do kind of look like a twisted evil version of the Rankin Bass elves. Interesting.