I cannot say that I feel any scene was the most annoying, but there is a scene that got on my nerves a little , but simply because the time it took was at odds with the terrible need to move on. I am referring to King Theoden when he announced they would at last fight . Gamling is rushing about getting his master's war gear together and Theoden is waxing poetic about what things have come to while Gamling, I don't even recall if that is his name, is so anxious for his King to just get on with things. It was beautifully done with the sunlight streaming upon them, but somehow it really got on my nerves.
Well I did point out a lot of obvious stuff with out giving a solid reason for it being annoying. I just thought the movie was flowing through real well, then those scenes just kind of put a hault to the flow.
It might of been cause they were cutting from one event to the other and so many things were going on.
I think what annoyed me the most was just Elijah's acting, so i bitcted about the whole scene.
I thought the rest of the movie worked out perfectly. I just didn't like that set of scenes even though they all had motives that i was to hot headed to see.
This scene annoyed me also, though not nearly as much as the broken staff scene. This is an example of PJ doing his own thing while the audience wonders where the plotline from the book has gone. There were constant references and scenes before this point which clearly showed the power of the Ring and its effect on Frodo. PJ didn't need this one. There was no reason to have Faramir take Frodo to Osgiliath. Nor was there any reason to show Frodo in direct confrontation with a Ringwraith. As I've said elsewhere, that confrontation should have logically been the end of the movie. Game over. Sauron wins. It's not logical with what Tolkien gave us, and it should not have been done that way on screen. But PJ knows best. It makes me worried for the new Hobbit movies.
Elijah's and Sean's acting was not as bad as you think. They were trying to convey dramatically very old-fashioned themes and relationships which Tolkien embedded in his work. This is very hard to do, especially when the actors are not that old and have not done Shakespeare. They do not have the experience to carry off the scene without making it look "stupid" by modern viewers. Yet if you understand the reasons behind these scenes, you'd see the acting was an attempt to get at what the characters really felt and acted. The acting didn't bother me. It was rather PJ's constant changing of necessary scenes from the books that irked me.
Ive said in other places, my dislike for there acting is probably because they are shadowed by the greats(Christopher Lee, Ian McKellen, Sean Bean, Ian Holm, Karl Urban, Hugo Weaving and Viggo)
Its like these characters the above greats played, that didn't need to much to be good, but they made you believe they are those people and did a super awesome job recreating those character's lifes n emotions.
With Frodo, his character is the one who has to play out the most intricate emotions that have to tell you whats going on by the look in his face. Like you should be able to tell if the ring is hurting him, draining him or telling him what to do. But you can never really tell by his face, only by his actions.
Same goes to Sam, but a lot of their scenes I feel that they could of done a better job. Like Elijah always seems to have the same faces for different emotions.
From what i watched in the extras, it seems that they filmed long hours, in remote places and the hobbits started a couple of months before everyone else. So the drain on Sam n Frodo might of dulled there acting just a little. But its probably not there fault entirely PJ probably told them to cry, get mad or to make certain faces.
For me, it was far more annoying that the writers had Faramir take the hobbits to Osgiliath at all, because he needed to show that he "grew" while he was in the film, then that specific scene.
The staff-breaking scene is stupid, but the scene on the stairs of Cirith Ungol, I think, takes the title of "most worthless scene added for dramatic effect."
I also hate those darn ghosts that can cut people and fly onto Mumakil.
I agree with Turin in regards to Faramir taking the Hobbits back to Osgiliath. That scene, in my opinion, completely deviated away from Faramir's true character. In the books, he was not a mini-Boromir; he was a noble man - much more so than his deceased brother. This scene made Faramir look like all the other "weak-minded Men" that Lord Elrond spoke of when he was supposed to stand out as the one man who was unaffected by the Ring's power. I do not understand why PJ refused to acknowledge that.
If you watch the making of the movies, you'll see that they wanted to show Faramir grow on his "journey."
They also thought that it would take away from the draw of the ring they were trying to depict if they showed a character who wasn't tempted by it.
Keep in mind these are the same people who thought pipe weed is marijuana.
Well, I've played game The Hobbit on ZX Spectrum and red LotR some 25 years ago, so you could say I go way back with Tolkien's world. (Game wasn't so good. )
Osgiliath Hobbit-Nazgul fight scene put aside, I liked movie scenes with Denethor and his sons, because they added some everyday time in their lives. I've always felt these three could be more explained in the book, because I didn't quite understand Denethor's feelings towards Faramir.
I guess that sub-plot (although a tiny one) didn't appeal to Tolkien.
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