It seems that no one has mentioned Sam crying over Frodo after Frodo has been stung by Shelob and wrapped in webs. I found the webbing phony looking and the green goo way over done. I wanted to feel something for this scene, but it looked so fake that it drew me out of the moment. Just wondering if others felt the same, or if not, why didn't anyone list it? In the book it was definitely one of the more heartbreaking scenes.
BTW, I'm not not attacking PJ or the films in general; if you've seen my list in this thread, you'll see that there are numerous scenes that truly moved me. Just not this one.
Sounds like a middle-earth Conspiracy Theory ;)
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(in terms of the thread: Grey Havens alllll the way. It broke me down so much, with the looong build up of the final scenes with Howard Shore's WONDERFUL Grey Havens/I'll Carry You/A far green Country cello theme/motif (the most emotional theme ever))
(This post was edited by Xanaseb on Apr 30 2012, 10:05am)
...which is interesting because it upsets me SO much in the book, every single time. The first time I read it, when I didn't realize Frodo was alive, was the worst. I made the mistake of reading that scene in my college's library, and found myself sitting in the middle of the reading room, bawling my eyes out.
But in the movie? I don't know why it doesn't affect me more. It just doesn't. It might be because there are so many powerfully sad moments in Return of the King that I am on my guard; I can't let any one moment affect me too much, because what's coming is worse. Not sure, but that's at least part of my reaction.
Of all the moments of all the films, that is the one part which invariably hits me the hardest. In part, it's because P.J. has made Boromir so much more sympathetic of a character than he was in the book. We understand his motivations, and can see so clearly why he falls prey to the Ring. Unlike the Boromir of the book, who always strikes me as pure arrogance, this Boromir is somebody I actually like and care about, a noble and honorable (if flawed) man, who messes up, horribly. And then he dies, trying to set things right. His final moments with Aragorn are particularly affecting.
The fact that he cares so much about the Hobbits also gets me. The way he says "they took the little ones" breaks my heart.
This one is the top of my list, too. Out of all the emotionally honest performances too numerous to count by LOTR actors, this feels like the single most honest moment. It simply shatters me every time. Hearing his cry of shock and horror, we know that this staunch warrior will be inconsolable at losing his beloved sister.
I think this must have come out of a very profound place in Urban's life.
I voted for the aftermath of Gandalf's fall, but also for another. I love the scene right after the destruction of the Ring when Sam and Frodo are on the rock with the lava flowing around them and they talk about Rosie Cotton and Frodo says "I'm glad you're with me Samwise Gamgee, here at the end of all things."