Thread: What did Pj thought he was doing?
If you want the perfect story, read the book. If you want cinematic entertainment, watch the movie. PJ had every right to interpret the story the way he thought would appeal to the general audience, and not just catering to the Tolkien fans. He was in no way trying to replace Tolkien's work.
Do you think it would have been better if PJ produced the movie COMPLETELY identical to the book so that you wouldn't have to read it at all? Personally, I wouldn't, as it would draw people away from the literary masterpiece and focus completely on the movie...
I loved what he did with the battle at Helms Deep!
Oh, and by the way, well said Erkenbrand!
[Edited on 26/1/2003 by Sheryl]
Furthermore, I didnt like the way he messed with the characters. He turned Theoden into an arrogant, stubborn king, whereas he was a wise and kindly one!
Hes turned Frodo into a COMPLETE wimp!!
All this said... if you take the film on its own merits... I love it! Comparing it to the book?? Well it just doesnt does it?
It's true that PJ and his crew put a lot of work in the movie blablabla but it's just not right to put in scenes that have nothing to do with the books, like Aragorn stumbling off that cliff or Frodo's trip to Osgiliath.
For instance, the Aragorn-stumbling-off-cliff-scene was totally unnecessary : it was just an invention of PJ to put Arwen in the movies... and we all know that Arwen shouldn't be in the movie as she wasn't even mentioned in the book. But i guess that Miss Tyler that the public couldn't without her sublime appearence... well she's wrong.