LOTR misfires on too many levels, and I know I will get crucified for this, BUT ITS NOT THIS GREAT MOVIE EVERYONE SEEMS TO THINK IT IS!!!!!First off..YES I have read LOTR. All 3 books acutally, plus loads of other Tolkien works as well. And I was eager to see this film, which surprisengly opened here in the Czech Republic a mere 3 days after its USA premeire.
I was disappointed.
Look, its NOT a "bad" movie...its about average. I refuse to go over the plot or the story, because if you do not know it by now then you are a complete clueless tard. Suffice to say my qualms do NOT lie with the book to film translation, which I thought was very faithful. No, my problem is with EVERYTHING else in this movie.
The cast is ok, though I cant join in on the chorus demanding an Oscar for Sir Ian as Gandalf. And to me, hobbits are supposed to be a bit plump, a bit naive, and NOT as brave and warrior like as Elijah Wood's Frodo. Kill me for saying it, but Sean Astin (Samm) would have been a better choice for Frodo.
The CGI effects, which have been trumpeted as "breath taking" and "perfection" by many, in my view, come up short several times. The aerial views of the Orcs digging beneath Isegard was an obvious CGI rendering that stood out like a sore thumb. Balrog reminded me of a bad Mortal Combat villian, and the Shire looked exactly like what it was..grass huts built into the sides of hills in New Zealand.
I will say, the scenic New Zealand landscape is beautiful beyond words, proof that NO CGI effect can duplicate nature's wonders.
The end left me hollow..too much was left unsaid..it was flat.
I await the next installment, hoping Peter Jackson can improve.Not bad, but not great.