Yes,That scene was awesome....probably the best in the whole trilogy...there were actually about 250 real horses & riders; the rest were digital.....it was Bernard Hill's idea , just on the morning of filming, to track his sword along the lances of his soldiers...ahh, I cry every time......
That IS a truly amazing cinematic moment and not even once have I succeeded in watching it with my mouth closed.But 6000 live horses on a set,however massive is a bit hard to believe...but if he said it himself,then it might be true.
And what heavenly music...it seems to be torn between peace and anguish and the thunder of horses' hooves.Intense.
The casting was not entirely flawless...I still believe that Christopher Lee would have made a better Gandalf. Forget the fact that years ago, he received Professor Tolkien's blessing to take up that particular role should the books ever be made into films; his voice, demeanor, and appearance makes him a superb Gandalf. He played the part of Saruman amazingly, but the only thing that was off was his voice. In the books, Saruman's voice was soft and persuasive - not deep and commanding as it was portrayed in the films. That was supposed to be what Gandalf the Grey sounded like.
I am not saying that Sir Ian McKellen is a bad Gandalf - no indeed, I think him to be a wonderful wizard. I just would have liked to have seen Christopher Lee as Gandalf instead of Saruman.
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