Thread: Putting up a defense for PJ
Remember the attention paid to details in the movie. It must have been expensive and time consuming. Only a person who loved and respected the work of Mr. Tolkien would have included them and the casual movie-goer would not have missed them (although they did lend extra enhancement to the movie).
Details that spring to mind are:
The careful use and pronunciation of Elvish. PJ apparently hired experts to assist him with this.
Accents of other characters. Did you notice the different accents of the Hobbits, the Elves (when speaking in English) and the Dunedain?
The detail made into sets and miniatures. Rivendel, Lorien and Edoras looked awesome.
The care taken with lighting and props, so that the view shifts from minature to full size set flawlessly.
The number of different sets, props and costumes used in order to make the size differential of the races look real - very costly and potentially, the film could have been made without them. It would have been terrible though, wouldn't it?
Use of computer-animated characters - I believe that this process is also expensive, but imagine the movie without them (ie: a man in a costume for Treebeard? would he have looked as good?)
I too was disapointed with some of the changes made to the movie, but I was more impressed by the things that were not changed.
[Edited on 14/1/2003 by Allyssa]
Aragorn would not seem so heroic if there were too many others who were like him.
If Faramir had turned up and in a few seconds done exactly the same thing, it would not have made him appear virtuous too, it would have just made the temptation of the Ring seem weaker, and so diminish Aragorn.
I think Faramir had to be portrayed in this light at first (almost tempted) but the fact he won through in the end showed he was someone special, but still lower in the hierarchy than Aragorn. If this is the case, I think we can look forward to seeing the Faramir we all love in the final film.
And thanks for the welcome Grondmaster!