Archive for January 17th, 2004

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January 17, 2004

Robert the Llama Butcher has some kind things to say about yours truly. Thanks for the link!
I’m a native Texan, unlike Robert, but I won’t hold it against him. In fact, he gets a head start on honorary Texanhood by being from New York, which in my experience ranks a close second behind Texas on the citizen-arrogance scale.
Robert, I’m sorry to say that I liked the Lord of the Rings movies, as movies. I liked them a lot more than the Star Wars movies, which were my previous favorite fantasy epic. The first movie was closest to the source material, I thought. Give it a solid “A.” The third was also pretty true to the source material, right in the B to B+ range. The second. . . give it a C minus (would have been a D, but for Helm’s Deep). I still can’t forgive what Peter Jackson did to Faramir’s character. It was completely wrong, and even worse, unnecessary (unlike the deletions of Tom Bombadil and the Scouring of the Shire, which I
thought were justified). I think overall, Peter Jackson completely grokked the hobbits and the Rohirrim; in fact, if I could see only one scene from all three movies, it would be the charge of the Rohirrim in the third movie. I can forgive his fumbling with the Numenoreans and elves — there’s just too much backstory to adequately convey their nobility and otherworldliness in a movie.
Thanks again for the link, Robert. Come back soon.