A Significant Bore
SIngli6 - wrote on 10/12/14
The extravagance and scope of Middle-earth, the fantastical realm first conceived by J. R.R. Tolkien in the 30's and finally realised on the big screen by Peter Jackson at the dawn of a new millennium, has had a gargantuan impact on contemporary literature and film. Take any epic fantasy book series produced in the last half century, and doubtless you will find strong thematic and stylistic strands of linking DNA with Tolkien's books; likewise, if you took any epic fantasy film (or television show) from the last decade, you would find echoes of Jackson's panoramas of forests, wastelands, and dramatic battles.
All this cultural significance and visual splendour considered, the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy (in particular this installment) is a bloody bore! The main problem I have with it is that most of the characters lack personality. Frodo's sole characteristic seems to be shedding single tears, Samwise and the other pointless Hobbit twits are latent homosexuals, the elves are smug and ponderous, and I can't even remember who Viggo Mortensen's character was. Sean Bean's in there somewhere as well, isn't he (bet he dies)?The only characters who interested me were Gandalf, Saruman, and Gollum... and I have a sneaking suspicion that is solely because I'm an enormous fan of the actors who portrayed them.
The Extended Edition is slightly superior to the Theatrical Cut in that it features more world-building and fewer clumsily edited segments, but the characters see little improvement.