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Thu 11 Dec 2003

Appeal of the big screen

Category : movies

Just watched Fellowship of the Ring (extended) and thankful I went, despite owning the DVD and having already watched this extended version twice. Some films have to be seen on the big screen. I appreciate LOTR much more after watching the surprisingly enjoyable appendices in the extended DVDs. Just how much effort you'd never believe!

Two of my friends read the books ages ago. I am thankful I haven't since it seems to spoil the potential fascination. My first introduction was the original movie, and then the extended version. The book follows finally (I have just begun) and each step gets more detailed.

Despite the apparent complexity, the 20th century anglo-centric view of Tolkien is apparent. Well, after two major wars in Europe, and particularly the bloody first world war, he's justified. Inevitable when you discover he kept company with the likes of C. S. Lewis and Robert Graves.

But after a rather late, post-NS exposure to the European war (possible with the plethora of information), I finally began the long journey of learning about and understanding the Pacific war. So I resist the comparisons the movie awakes and try to just enjoy a good ol' fairy tale, like Tolkien was apparently trying to write.

As to the movie, no wonder director Peter Jackson reportedly wasn't bothered about the Oscars; he's reached a pinnacle in movie making.

The four of us now plan to watch Two Towers extended next Tuesday (I already watched the DVD), which has even more significant differences from the original. Very illuminative, these additional scenes! Must have killed them to edit the movie down.

All this activity is a prelude to watching Return of the King. I have a ticket from a confused cousin for some company screening on the 20th. In payment I bring her up to speed on the background of the movie - she is worse off then me, as her only exposure to Jackson's Tolkien is Two Towers!

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