Jul 18 2011, 12:46am
Thorin looks just how I expected him to look when they announced RA would be playing him, which is not at all how I envisioned the Thorin from the book. But since I never expected the Hobbit movie to look like my mental movie, I'm not particularly disturbed by that. My only complaint is that the beard is too short. Other than that, I'm happy. I think I'll like him, probably more than I like BookThorin (which isn't much). I really want a full-length shot so I can see the rest of the costume and the rest of Orcrist. Pretty please?
Finally getting a chance to comment....
I've been thinking what an amazing thing the production has done here. A few months ago, the great question was "How is PJ going to deal with a mob of dwarves?" We were discussing whether he'd cut some, or cast some female, or how on earth could he possibly differentiate between 13 dwarves and not confuse the audience. Now one of the major complaints is that they're too different. That's an impressive turnaround to make. It seems PJ's greatest opposition was created by himself in having all his LOTR dwarves look so similar. What most people are finding jarring is the difference between these dwarves and his previous dwarves. But we certainly won't be having much trouble telling them apart on screen. (Remembering their names is another matter!) The design and costume team deserve some serious kudos for pulling this off.
Though I, like many others, would have preferred more beard on several of them, you have to admit - they are all bearded. You can't mistake them for hobbits, or Elves (well, Kili aside...) and once we get the scale established with a few Gandalf scenes, I don't think human comparisons will be a big deal either.
Overall, I'm impressed and looking forward to these movies more than ever.
Oh, and major congrats to TORN on the scoop! So cool!
"Of all faces those of our familiares are the ones both most difficult to play fantastic tricks with, and most difficult really to see with fresh attention. They have become like the things which once attracted us by their glitter, or their colour, or their shape, and we laid hands on them, and then locked them in our hoard, acquired them, and acquiring ceased to look at them.
Creative fantasy, because it is mainly trying to do something else [make something new], may open your hoard and let all the locked things fly away like cage-birds. The gems all turn into flowers or flames, and you will be warned that all you had (or knew) was dangerous and potent, not really effectively chained, free and wild; no more yours than they were you." -On Fairy Stories
(This post was edited by Silverlode on Jul 18 2011, 12:46am)