[quote="CeciliaS, post:10, topic:244370"]
I agree with those of you whose excellent comments tell of Jackson's shortcomings in interpreting Tolkien.
May I make two observations?
Jackson is a first-rate movie maker, I am sure, and his take on Tolkien is better than I would have expected from the movie industry. (I am using the word "movie" here, and not "film", on purpose. "Movie" is more of a popcorny, mass-entertainment term, I guess.)
But I am definitely the "if I liked the book I will never like the movie version" type, and my big problem with Jackson's trilogy is his lack of getting to the Catholic heart of the books. He comes close in certain scenes and story lines, but never "gets it". The whole production seems to have treated Tolkien with a certain spiritual awe and respect, but they left it vague. I don't know whether this was done on purpose or out of ignorance, but I had the chance to watch the extras from the third movie's extended dvd version: there must have been 8 hours of interviews, behind the scenes documentaries, etc. and not one -- NOT ONE -- mention was there of Tolkien's strong Catholicism, and how he stated that the books would not have been what they were, if it hadn't been for his Catholicism. They discuss his background, and never mention that he felt that his mother had suffered a martyr's death, having converted and subsequently been ostracized by her relatives, a widow with a terminal illness and no help or comfort from her family. Or after her death, the fact that Tolkien showed promise for a possible academic career, but not having the means, he may not have been able to pursue his studies: have any of you heard this story? Well, the priest who was caring for him and his brother paid for Tolkien's schooling out of his own pocket! What, a Catholic priest doing that? Why am I surprised that no one mentioned anything about it?
*And, on a lesser scale, when I think that "The Hobbit" will include the role of Frodo, I really wonder how much it is going to be mangled.
:eek::mad: Frodo was NOT in The Hobbit! It was Bilbo's role in events. OMG. Well that tears it, I will never see any of this junk. I knew no one could ever turn those books into a movie, it would be impossibly expensive and every bit that is cut would be critical to the story in some way. You just CANNOT cut anything out! And to put Frodo into Bilbo's story! :mad: