Scourge of the Stoors
Oct 14 2015, 5:52am
Dwarves killing Elves... DWARVES KILLING ELVES....
This.... Let me tell you a story.
I hated how Gimli, the sole representative of the Dwarves, was played for comic relief in Lotr. When I figured out that his paths of the dead scene was originally written like something out of a horror book, this sentiment only got worse. Furthermore, no explanation was given as to why the Dwarves were absent from the key battles, while the book explains they have orcs on their own doorstep to deal with. The main thing I was looking forward to with the Hobbit films was a chance for the Dwarves to get the spotlight.
And then Elves were shoehorned in at every moment, with the filmmakers implicitly claiming that Dwarves weren't sexy enough and explicitly claiming they were too masculine. One of the Dwarves was even made to have a pathetic Aeropostale beard that inexplicably stays the same length. DOS was and still remains the worst offender, with Legolas, the bane of my viewing experience, being shoehorned in wherever possible. The main focus is still on the Dwarves, and the extended editions help with that quite a bit, but what should have been an 85-15 split is instead more like 60-40. No single moment ranks with the show-stopping look-at-the-lone-badass idiocy of the vile Oliphaunt scene, but in a story where the Dwarves are supposed to be the focus, the continuation of similarly ludicrous stunts is more disappointing.
When I found out that there would be another reprehensible stunt - a scene where he hangs upside-down from the "bat-that-miraculously-takes-you-exactly-where-you-need-to-go" and somehow kills Orcs without being bashed open like a ****ing pinata, I was just numb. I didn't care anymore.
But now I get a moment, just one brutal moment that, depending on how I see it play out, could make up for all of this nonsense. A bunch of sweaty, pig-headed, under-appreciated Dwarven warriors charge down a hill and ****ing MURDER dozens of the Airbrushed Race.
Whenever I see Legolas climbing a troll, surfing on a shield, climbing an Oliphaunt or running on falling bricks, I will remember this moment. This sweet victory for the Dwarves. I will forever cherish the one sequence where, in a sea of examples of Elves upstaging Dwarves, the Dwarves provide the single greatest argument for their physical superiority.
I don't hate the Elves. I hate Jackson's Elvish favoritism. This exception is the single most pleasant surprise of the entire series.
(This post was edited by Scourge of the Stoors on Oct 14 2015, 5:56am)