Oct 28 2012, 12:28am
I really do and I agree that PJ is a showmen, but Middle-Earth has spectacle!
I understand your chagrin
Nothing from the films is from thin-air, it's teased and extrapolated from things Tolkien wrote even if they are twisted to be silly, bombastic or flamboyant, but hey, that's this version.
I guess I come from a place where I don't see this as a desecration, even Tolkien understood, he didn't own Middle-Earth, nor does PJ, nor do you or I. If we want to make our own version that focuses on the poetry, the history the FOOD (which I would), then I can go and do that.
Art is beautiful because it's open for anyway to play in. Just like blues and jazz, any other art form is open to remix, reboot, reconstruct, recontextualize and reimagine. Nothing exists in a vacuum. We are merely a string in a long history of influences and influencers.
It is unfortunate that certain things we like get interpreted in a way that doesn't gel with our tastes, but at the end of the day we should be happy that anyone and everyone has the ability to create to their own desires.
Sorry to get didactic, but I feel very strongly about the subject matter.
"The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair; and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater."-J.R.R. Tolkien
"Thanks for the money!" -George Lucas
(This post was edited by There&ThereAgain on Oct 28 2012, 12:31am)