Jun 9 2013, 6:37am
I thought it was an excellent movie, by and large, a truly enchanting and great film, HOWEVER. . . the problem for me was in the places where it badly misrepresented the history and the characters.
I am no gloomy Shirehorse. I loved 2/3rds of the movie. . . but there were parts that really bothered me badly.
That is a big deal to me, because I really am bothered by the fact that there are millions of people who will never read the books, who may get a very wrong impression about important details and factors. The history of the dwarves was re-written to the point that a viewer will come away with a far inferior understanding of that people, not to mention a far less magnificent and powerful story. I still hold out hope that the matter of the Balrog, the true terror of Moria and the exiler of its original Dwarven inhabitants, as well as the true reason the Dwarves did not re-enter, is a matter that will be squared due to his prominence in Fellowship and in Dwarven history. But, regarding the true, grippingly dramatic and epic history of the war of the Dwarves and orcs, the partiarchy and vengeance that feuled it and the consequences, there is no fixing the damage now. The changes to the history of Angmar, and the dynamic of status between Elves and Wizards is another thing that very much concerns me and annoys me.
I did not find AUnexpected to be a let down, on the whole. I thought in many places it was very true to the source, and very enchanting, and some of the minor additions were very good ones. However, I was deeply bothered by some other changes and additions, and I am fearful that Desolation will have more of the same. I fully expect to enjoy the movie, but how much will depend in no small part about whether it sees the films doing more to directly contradict the source, or less.
To be clear, I enjoyed the bunny sled even if I found the orc chase to be surperflous bloat. Take away the rolling eyes and bird dung and I also enjoyed Radagast. I enjoyed seeing The White Council, even if I did not enjoy nonsense about the Men of THe North burying The RingWraiths, and though I rather disliked seeing Gandalf portrayed in away that would allow an uninformed viewer to believe him to be a subordinate of Galadriel ( not because of gender, I am perfectly happy with Lindir, Celeborn and Thranduil being plainly less in stature, power and wisdom with Galadriel because they SHOULD be portrayed thus) but because of other fundemental aspects of who and WHAT they are respectively. I do not have a problem with changes and additions on general principle. I only object vehemently to them when they significantly contradict important details of the legendarium. Frodo killing several orcs for effect despite not killing any in the book would not bother me at all if it were well handled. Frodo defeating a Ringwraith or even worse yet a Balrog might well send me into a apoplectic state.
"Hear me, hounds of Sauron, Gandalf is here! Fly if you value your foul skins, I will shrivel you from tail to snout if you step within this circle!"
"Do not be to eager to deal out death in judgement. Even the very wise cannot see all ends."