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Fellowship was even better than

Fellowship was even better than I expected, and I was expecting a lot.
Sure, I have my gripes, but they seem like nitpicking in retrospect. Here are a
few notes:

  • Everybody calls Sauron by name. In the book, few people are unwilling to
    say “Sauron” for fear of attracting his attention. Why would you change
  • If directors are going to do arrows-in-flight shots, they should really look
    at some videos of
    arrows in flight first. It looks much cooler than anything I’ve seen in a
  • Why do fantasy movie archers always have to hold their bows sideways? It’s
    just silly.
  • Showing Sauron in full armor wasn’t so bad and it seems like a nice
    compromise with just having Gandalf or Elrond tell the Isildur story with no
  • The fight scenes were great but it’s too bad they succumbed to the trend
    towards jumpy, close-up camera work so it’s hard to tell what’s going on. I
    guess maybe that’s necessary when you’re working CG into fight scenes.
  • I like how they beefed up Arwen as a character, she is practically
    non-existent in the book.
  • I enjoyed everything from the Balrog on even more because it seemed more
    faithful to the book. I think that bodes well for the rest of the series.

And the Village Voice review

And the Village Voice review desrves its own link just for this quote: “How much fun it would have been to see a real desecration of Tolkien that periodized the trilogy’s cosmic adventures by having them played out inside the brain of some acid-ripped hippie—the Fellowship leaving the snug communes of northern Vermont on a perilous mission to cast the ‘ring of power’ into the boiler of some fetid East Village basement.”

I have tickets to Fellowship

I have tickets to Fellowship tonight and I think I’m going to enjoy it. I’ve read a variety of reviews, good and bad. It sounds like minor things will annoy me (apparently they show Sauron in the opening scene) but it will be pretty great overall.