December 22, 2001

The Ring of Power

Best. Adaptation. Ever.

I’m very interested to hear Ryan’s report on Lord of the Rings since he (more than anyone else I know) was concerned how it would be translated to the screen. I finished Fellowship of the Ring a couple days ago, and as I watched the movie version I thought about all the choices that were made. It’s impossible (especially with Lord of the Rings) not to make changes to the story in order to make it play well on the screen. I was amazed at what a great adaptation it was. Every choice seemed to have been made for a good reason and the result was a fantastic screen-version of the book.

So, to sum up, I loved it. Can’t wait to see it again. And there was even a silly trailer for Goldmember.

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Walt Dickinson

I sort of expected Sam (the Hobbit) to blurt out, “Never give up! Hobbits never say die!” or “I’ve been ready for this my whole life!” Hehehe…

Sean Peisert

Better than The Godfather? I not sure….. It was certainly a lot of fun, though!

Sean Peisert

Incidentally, I’m not sure that the Arwen thing, which others have made a big deal of, bugged me much. The Galadriel thing did, though. Not that it was bad, since it was shortened in a good, way — it probably just shouldn’t have been shortened that much.

Walt Dickinson

Mmm… I was actually hoping someone would challenge that “Best” assertion. Well done. I’ve never read The Godfather. I’m curious to know which aspect of the Arwen thing people are complaining about. (And where this complaining is going on.) Her character was definitely a strange amalgomation (sp?) of different aspects of the story. Along with some new bits thrown in. I didn’t mind much. The movie could have easily been two or three or dozens of times as long in order to more accurately cover the experience of reading the book. But I liked the way they did it. As far as Gladriel, she was a little spooky and noisier than I’d envisioned. I need to re-read that portion.

Sean Peisert

There were some aspects of Gandalf (who was great) that I didn’t remember from the book. This isn’t surprising, since I last read it probably ten years ago, but specifically the part about him trying to pick up the ring in Frodo’s house and also explaining why he couldn’t be the ringbearer seemed necessary and well done.

Sean Peisert

Yeah, I pictured Galadriel as being a little more angelic. Maybe it’s just the vague similarity of her name to an angelic biblical character.