Jul 3 2012, 2:07pm
Though I apologized for the misinterpretation.
Indeed, and some other thoughts on dwarves and such
Nonetheless, I'm not sure I insulted anyone, or have ever deliberately insulted anyone. My inclination is to focus on the issues being discussed, not the people discussing them. I get a bit agitated when people turn the focus to the poster, rather than the post, and that is at the root of this most recent outburst of sorts.
Re: dwarf looks.
Kili: He is also my least favorite dwarf, though I have certainly gotten used to him. I also think the costume design is very effective, which at least gives the illusion of him being a dwarf.
Fili: I really like Fili's design, all around. He was not nearly my favorite when the original promos were released, but he's now one of my favorites (particularly since he's not over-burdened with prosthetics). That's what a young dwarf should look like!
Dori: I just realized how Japanese-inspired his hair and beard seem to be. There's something quite samurai about him, and it works.
Nori: I also like his look more and more. Ridiculous hairdos were common among Dark Age peoples of all sorts (particularly those who could afford to fuss), and I don't see why dwarves couldn't be consistent with that. He also looks very convincing with his hood on.
Thorin: He is my favorite dwarf of the bunch, design-wise (and actor-wise, though I also love Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, and think Graham McTavish has lots of potential).
I have to say, I hope the dwarves wear their hoods for a good portion of the films, as it truly does suit them!
As others have noted, he looks almost exactly as he did in the Forbidden Pool, when Frodo calls out to him. Remember, he did get a bit cutesy after he banished his alter-ego, and perhaps he will have more of that personality in the Hobbit. Probably because it's a still-frame, he does seem a tad more cartoonish than I remember, but I'm not worried that WETA won't deliver on this front.
Bilbo looks very creepy there - like he's a little too happy to see me.... Though I do not see what's wrong with Gandalf. He looks great, as usual.
No matter what final colors come through, I'm not a big fan of the forest's design (as far as I have seen it). It all looks far too much like an artificial movie set, and I was rather hoping to get something more realistic.
All in all, I'm quite excited by a few measly pictures in a magazine. Am I crazy?