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a question by Nov 10, 2010
How do you feel about Peter Jackson's film trilogy adaptation of "The Lord of the Rings"?
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answered:    December 16, 2010
I think it'll stand the test of time as the benchmark example for turning literature into film. And I say that even though it's fantasy -- which doesn't get a lotta love, per se, in the Hollywood community -- b/c it was done to near perfection clearly as a labor of Jackson's love for the source material.
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answered:    December 30, 2010
Best film trilogy ever hands down! I remember the big argument scene in Clerks II where they argue this against the Star Wars Trilogy. Great stuff!
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answered:    December 16, 2010
I thought it was flat, with cardboard characters and an over-reliance on violence. IMO, it can't touch the books. (Sorry, I know this is heresy!)
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answered:    December 16, 2010
It is a labor of love. How can you not love this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJCJZCHk1fo
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answered:    November 10, 2010
Well, over the decades I have read LOTR, all four books, several times. The imagery for me was powerful. There used to be bumper stickers around when I was a kid that said "Frodo Lives", so the stories were subtly promoted everywhere, it seemed. The animated adaptations were fair and I was afraid of what Jackson may do.

I have watched Jackson's stories at least twice now. I did not miss the prancing Tom Bombadill nor did I miss a lot of extra stuff in the books such as the poetry or the singing (although that was left in The Hobbit animated feature and was striking in that film).

The finale, with Frodo at the lip of Mt. Doom and the true purpose of Smeagol revealed was an awesome piece of cinema. Jackson did an awesome job of adaptation, keeping in the main topics and leaving out some stuff that would not have added too much to the tale.

I was impressed!



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