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Old 12-07-2005, 12:09 PM   #1
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Run, Frodo, run away home!

We catch a glimpse of those trolls about which Bilbo entertained the hobbit children. Frodo is looking a bit sick, and his clamminess makes me prefer the sight of the trolls. He's gone from the whiny Frodo to the gasping Frodo, and this does not garner any sympathy from me. Sam is present as always, and he dutifully looks after his master. Pippin shows wonderful bedside manner, and I'm surprised that he didn't ask about funeral arrangements for his cousin.

I didn't spot any bird nest ear wear on a troll, but I didn't look very closely either. Regardless, the inclusion of the trolls was another gem.

The wraiths are close by, as we can hear their calls, and Frodo preemptively shudders before they wail. But what's to fear? Our merry group has torches and swords, and that sent five of the Black Riders packing before. Sam is sent by Strider to find kingsfoil, or athelas. I must have watched Shrek too many times as I cannot not but make the comparison between Sam and Donkey.

Strider draws his knife to cut some of the kingsfoil, and the 'snick' sound makes me wonder from where the blade comes. Is the sheath on his wrist? But before we ponder that too much, we see Aragorn caught off guard, his head the property of the sword owner. Not once did I think that this was the enemy, as they were not so subtle or delicate. And Aragorn is not mistaken for Duncan MacLeod.

It's Arwen! And she taunts Aragorn. Such is love.

Frodo sees Arwen as she is on the other side, glowing brightly. It's not explained that he sees her like this due to his wound (newly insightful) or due to his wound (passing into the wraith world). Any bells on that horse? Though I would have preferred Glorfindel, can't say that I mind seeing Liv Tyler as here she in angelic.

Until I read what she says. "I am Arwen. I have come to help you." Ouch! What prose! I guess "Me Arwen; you Frodo. Me help He-Hobbit," was too difficult to translate into Elvish. And I understand Arwen appearing angelic, but what's with the clothes? Do they also appear as they would 'on the other side?' How Matrix!

As Strider munches on some 'foil, Arwen examines Frodo's wound. No mention about why the wound is bad, and also no clue regarding the healing properties of athelas. So why include it?

Arwen updates us as to what's happening. Five wraiths behind, four elsewhere and she's been looking for them for two days. How did she and Elrond know? And then we have a prenuptial disagreement regarding who can get Frodo to Rivendell faster. As much as I'm against having Arwen here, I do like that she states that she does not fear the wraiths. Then again, as she can best Aragorn, can probably make fire, just what does she have to fear...except for more bad dialogue?

Sam makes a valid point (though did he need to yell?) but it's not indicated that the wraiths will leave the others alone and pursue Frodo. But from the horse chase, I guess that that is implied.

Now, I like Arwen as the heroine, but this diminishes Frodo to mere baggage. More scenery long shots - love them. Then we see the Black Riders closing in. The tension builds. The scene in which Arwen plays tag with the Riders looks fake. The trees look planted and farmed; not what one would expect. And Arwen is wounded! Must be a stray Black Huorn roaming the woods. So the wraiths catch up, almost close enough to grab the mostly dead Frodo from his perch. Arwen starts some evasive maneuvers, and this gives her some space. Somehow, with the log hopping and quick turns, I get the feeling that PJ was going for a 'car-chase' scene in ME.

Finally Arwen reaches the Ford. She turns and faces the Nine, who assemble on the other side of the stream/river. The black horses blanch at the river's edge, and seem loathe to enter the water.

And now for the WORST MOVIE LINE EVER! "Give up the halfling, She-Elf!" What were the writers thinking? Cut Bombadil, break Gandalf's staff, debase dwarves, put PJ in every other scene, but this? Initially I didn't know whether to laugh hysterically or cry. So much for a literary masterpiece. There just aren't words, and I can only assume that this is some joke played by an alien species or the result of a Faustian devil deal.

Now Arwen (did I mention that we just heard the worst dialogue ever? Just want to be sure that I'm clear on that) shows some moxie and taunts the Nine. Great moment, but still tainted by the recent not to be spoken event. And though Arwen is cool, where's Frodo? Doesn't one claim baggage, by the by?

Where's the standing up in the saddle in defiance? "Go back, go back to Mordor" or was it "To Mordor we will take you?" Sorry, but still don't have my books, but did recover my FotR CDs. Anyway, would have liked some show from Frodo that he wasn't just along for the ride, but alas, Frodo's not the most important character here.

So the Nine draw their swords and start fording the stream. Here's a clue. If the rabbit that you're chasing suddenly stops, turns, bares its teeth and waits for you, you might want to reconsider that you might be walking into a trap. But the Nine must have figured that Arwen was bereft of torches and Aragorn couldn't throw one from such a distance, and so they were safe.

Arwen's chanting brings images of the movie Dragonslayer, and the Latin that I learned therein. What's that? One of the wraith turns to see a wall of water heading towards he and the other eight. Now, when we see the wide shot Arwen appears to be a horse length or two from the nearest wraith. Now, if I were a wraith I'd stay close to the ....I can't say it...Arwen. Or, in a fit of madness, return to the other side. Either prospect looks better than staying in the direct path of the flood. But I forgot, the Ringwraiths are guys. Prideful guys at that. And there was a female present, and as indicated by the dialogue, you might assume that these wraiths don't get out much and so are a bit clumsy around such beauty. So you can see them thinking, "Ya, I can outrun that! And that Elf will think that I'm cool."

I've done worse and more stupid, and so can sympathize.

But having Glorfindel/Arwen, Aragorn and the three hobbits bearing torches, keeping the wraiths in the water would have made more sense and be closer to the books, but whatever. At least the horse-headed waves, whether created by Gandalf or a computer, were included.

Anyway, the Nine presumably are destroyed.

The excitement is too much for Frodo and he collapses. Could he be trying to get CPR from Arwen? She comforts/holds him like a small child and starts to cry. And she asks that the grace given to her be passed to Frodo. Now did she just say, "Let him live as he was such a nice piece of baggage?" or "When the last ship sails, let him take my place?"

After some vertigo Frodo awakens in white. Heaven (maybe he's dead?), or overexposed? Was anyone fooled? And then we here a most-welcome voice. We find that Frodo yet lives, and is in the last homely house of Elrond on October the 24th. Surely that timestamp would allow us to figure out where we are, timeline-wise. The architecture is stunning. I wasn't sure what 'elf' would look like, and still not sure that this is it, but it may be close.

Gandalf (I love the way he looks here, smoking and all) states that Frodo has some strength in him, presumably because he...well...there was that one time...I have no clue?!? Well, he didn't die, so he must be strong, and he survived the 'dialogue of the Ford,' and if that didn't make him retch...

The excellent clip when Frodo asks of Gandalf's absence is perfect. Frodo wants to know, still looking ill, and Gandalf starts to remember something unpleasant regarding his delay.

We flash back to Orthanc where Saruman is literally mopping the floor with Gandalf. Then, in gangster fashion, Saruman hangs Gandalf over the edge by his feet. Saruman rants on about embracing the power of the Ring, and I can only assume that he wants Gandalf to join Sauron's team. Think that that could have been better put. More threats from the White Wizard, but what's this? A moth flutters by. As the eagle enters from behind Saruman Gandalf gives him a clue regarding power-sharing amongst Maia. Doesn't happen. And with that, Gandalf does some base jumping and leaps onto the back of Gwaihir. Saruman, bearing the same tree scratch as Arwen (that Huorn must still be on the loose), watches Gandalf fly away, and mutters something about him choosing death. Ah, look around, and exactly whom is choosing to snuff out all of the green?

Now, the scene was okay and all, but as later we see more of Saruman's powers (fireball, lightning, storm), I can only assume that he meant for Gandalf to escape. Was this why later the brainwashed Gandalf is for attempting the Gap of Rohan with the bearer? Gandalf the mole? Hmmm?

Frodo prompts Gandalf, and we're back in the present to continue the scene.

Now, as Frodo doesn't hear what we've just seen, does Frodo know of Saruman's treachery? Of Gandalf's humiliation?

Sam finds his Master awake, and is excited as any dog would be. Elrond welcomes Frodo, and now that I've seen The Matrix a few times, it's hard not to hear...well, you know who speaking.

The far shot of the valley stronghold of Imladris looks most enchanting, almost Thomas Kinkade-ish, and some hooded figure treads the path most likely taken by Bilbo many years ago when he came here with a pack of dwarves. We move to the shot where Frodo leans on the balcony as we see Elrond's house. A farsighted elf, that, as he made the balcony by which Frodo stands to be hobbit height. I did not catch this in the movie nor in the image in some news magazine that someone brought to my attention. Think that PJ even jokes about the obvious gaffe. The height of the rail would just be right for tripping wine-saturated elves and sending them to the valley floor.

More meetings as the four hobbits gather. Next we see what became of that old oddity Bilbo. My, he has aged. Now it's only been just over an hour in reel time, but as I'm not sure how long it's been in ME time, I can only guess that Bilbo shouldn't be as old looking as he is now. His statement that age finally caught up with him makes me believe that it was a short time. The Ring gives long life, but bereft of it I guess one does not simply continue on normally, but must then become the age that one actually is.

But how then is Gollum still walking?

Frodo reviews his uncle's book, and I bet that if you looked closely (and had the time) that what appears on the page is real and not just some squiggles. The map of the Shire and Howard Shore's score pulls at Frodo's heart, and we know that he wants to go home. Frodo also states that he's not like his adventuresome uncle, and Bilbo is very sympathetic to the feelings of his nephew. When I'd read the same in the books, and having read the Hobbit first, I was *so* glad that Frodo wasn't like his uncle.

Sam begins packing, as he too is ready to return to the safety and calm of the Shire. He feels that he got Frodo and the Ring to where others would take over the burden, and now it was time to go. We get a few minutes of home, home, home, and anyone watching movies just knows that the hobbits have just cursed themselves to more adventure.

Elrond and Gandalf discuss Frodo, and Elrond points out Frodo's resiliency. I can only assume that he means that as Frodo made it from the Shire to Rivendell while traveling with Pippin, that he is immune to stupidity-induced collateral damage. Gandalf pleads that Frodo has done enough, and Elrond starts losing it and points out every shadow and blade of grass aligned against Rivendell. We need this hobbit!

Wasn't it Gandalf making the argument for Frodo in the books?

We learn about Saruman's Uruks, that they can run fast and are immune to sunlight. Saruman is coming for the Ring. The Ringwraiths of Sauron failed, yet the Uruks will triumph?

And I'm not sure that Gandalf wanted the Ring to stay in Rivendell, but that he wanted to spare Frodo.

More people join the party. Boromir's shield immediately identifies him. The close-up of Bloom lets me know that this 'could' be Legolas, but I wouldn't be sure until later. The dwarf shown would then be Gimli. The Fellowship has gathered and now the parts only require some assembly.

Elrond's still ranting, stating that for the elves that it's "game over." He disparages the dwarves, and Gandalf is left to choose men as the saviors of ME. I guess that this is the point PJ made sure to emphasize, and that's how we got Aragorn fighting wraiths and Frodo as baggage. Elrond has no use for men, as he remembers Isildur.

An aside: I just love the detail in the fore and background of Elrond's ranting scenes. SO much stuff for a shot lasting a few seconds.

A quick jump back 3000 years (hey, that Elrond guy is old!) to see why Elrond has little faith in men. Now, if Elrond understood anything about humans, and even a little about humans with Rings of power, he could have handled the situation a little differently and increased his chances of success. Sure, yell at Isildur and order him to do something. Stay in front of him so that he can refuse to follow. Yell his name like he's a child.

Now, try it this way. Taunt Isildur that he's not 'man enough' to throw the Ring into the fire. Keep him between you and the Crack. Offer him something more shiny. And when all else fails, shoot him.

Anyway, think that Elrond has been holding a grudge? Can you see, as an elf, sitting at his table day after day and night after night and all he talks about is that one time men failed, for three thousand years! Now we know why the elves are leaving. Okay, we get it already, move on.

Gandalf seems to think that there's some human out there that could pull the human race together and finally put an end to Elrond's gripe. Just wonder who *that* could be? Aragorn? Did Gandalf just say that he could be the King of Gondor or something? But we hear that he chose exile. Or maybe he's just biding his time.

Boromir meets Aragorn, who is sitting quietly in the dark...reading. Think that the book title is "Uniting the Free Folk and Delivering ME from the Dark Lord: For Dummies." What is Boromir looking at? If that's supposed to be a painting of Isildur's showdown with Sauron, then they weren't watching the same movie that I was. And if you look closely at the mural, you can see the image of Elrond painted in the background, shaking his head.

Boromir is likeable enough, and Sean Bean does well by him. Boromir befriends Aragorn initially, though I wasn't sure why Mr. King'n'Exile introduces himself as a friend of the grey pilgrim. Finding the shards of Narsil excites Boromir, though his excitement is short-lived once he cuts his finger. Somehow he suddenly realizes that Aragorn is someone else, and so he leaves disgusted, dropping the revered Narsil on the floor.

None of that worked for me. First, Boromir's a warrior, and so I would assume that he merely looking at a blade would know if it were sharp. And the connection between Isildur and Aragorn's a bit of a jump. And then he carelessly discards this heirloom that he just was excited about. Huh?

Strider retrieves the fallen blade, takes its measure then returns it to its display...towel. He salutes the blade or the stature on which is rests.

Arwen's back. We learn possibly why Boromir was upset and why Aragorn doesn't want to be associated with Isildur. But you see what you get when you're raised by an elf with a 3000 year old grudge.

Elrond calls to a man-child. "Come here, boy. I want to tell you a story." Young Arry sits on his foster-father's lap. "Did you know that your ancestor is Isildur?" Arry starts to squirm. "Now just hold still. See, about 3000 years ago..."

Aragorn has issues. Think I know where they came from. Luckily he has the love of a woman to help him heal.

Cue romantic interlude. Think that Liv Tyler said that Viggo made sure that they used elvish dialogue and not common speech here. Now I know that this scene was placed in the movie for those 'daters' in the theater. See? I told you that it was a romantic movie. I even sent the bridge scene eCard, available from the website, to my wife. PJ may have taken some liberties, but he knew what he was doing here.

Ah, sweet romance in a fantasy movie.

We see the Evenstar, which may work for some but to me too much is made of this piece of elven glass. I assume that it's symbolic for Arwen's love and immortality, but I'd rather do without it. PJ will make use of it in the Two Towers.

Then we get the bomb when Arwen chooses mortality. Aragorn correctly rejects the gift at first - isn't that proper etiquette? - then accepts.

The kiss follows soon after.

So, in the words of Inigo Montoya, to sum up: we have the five hobbits and the Ring in Rivendell, Gandalf's back, Elrond's nonplussed, Aragorn's a King and loved by Arwen, we have other assorted elves, dwarves and men gathering about. Something's about to happen with so many meetings, but what?
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Old 12-08-2005, 06:07 AM   #2
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just a quick point before I start -
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"Give up the halfling, she elf" WORST MOVIE LINE EVER!
Have you seen Independence Day? Pick one of a multitude of lines from this movie and it'll beat the nazgul hands down....!

PS 'I will find you' by the Rohan Women is the worst line in the movie by far!
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Anyway, think that Elrond has been holding a grudge? Can you see, as an elf, sitting at his table day after day and night after night and all he talks about is that one time men failed, for three thousand years! Now we know why the elves are leaving. Okay, we get it already, move on.
Some quick points: The above scenes have some of the best, and
worst, bits in the movies, an aggravating mix. I really like the
Arwen surprising Strider scene, it's the sexiest bit in the movies.
And including the trolls was great, especially since no reference
to them was made by the travelers, a nod toward book
readers.

As for worst movie line, to me it was Arwen at the ford's line:
"If you want him, come and claim him!"
replacing Frodo saying: "By Elbereth and Luthien the Fair,
you shall have neither the Ring nor me!" I would have had
movie Frodo (for once) suck it up, stir in the saddle, and
say that. And PJ's various angles of the nazgul at the ford were
bizarre, at times they seemed only a few feet away. Did they ride back to the middle of the ford and wait for the flood to reach them?

Agent Elrond does come off rather petulently, especially since
he and Arwen are both half-elven (at least in the book).
To borrow a Republican 1970s quote, Elrond seems to be a
"nattering nabob of negativism."

Sean Bean is a great Boromir (more sympathetic and interesting
to me then the book Boromir). I thought the incident with Narsil
was well-done and in context, indicating his conflicted views
of Isildur's Heir.
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Old 12-08-2005, 10:03 AM   #4
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I don't have much time currently and haven't yet reviewed this sequence for myself but I will say this:

For me, Glorfindel is one of my favorite characters and everything that he did in the books is great so the Arwen replacement was a rather large disappointment to me.
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I'm not really bothered by Arwen replacing Glorfindel. In fact, I'm not really bothered by many of the inserted Arwen scenes through the movies. I think it was important for Jackson to establish a "love background/story" between Arwen and Aragorn, and sort of intersplice in the movies.

It would just seem odd to me (if I was only a movie viewer), Ok, Aragorn with this Arwen chick for a small part of FOTR, then he's with this Eowyn chick through TTT and most of ROTK...but wait, now he's marrying this Arwen chick? It would just seem wierd if we only see Arwen for a little bit, he's with Eowyn for a good portion of the movies, then suddenly he marries Arwen. So, I didn't mind giving Arwen a bigger role, and mixing in some scenes between her and Aragorn, because they need to establish the love connection between the two, and to just have Arwen show up in the end marrying Aragorn I think would cause a lot of questions.

Also, as much as I like Glorfindel, he makes basically this one time appearance and we never see him again. (Well at the Council, but I don't count that ) So, I don't mind Arwen bumping Glorfindel off the horse and bumping up her role a bit. Though, I do agree with Alatar and Tuor, the lines used and the script was rather weak and bad during these parts.

I also have a lot of mixed feelings for these sequences, (and the ones to follow), theres some really good stuff, then theres times I just shake my head. As already mentioned the scene with Aragorn, Boromir, and Narsil, is great and I want to expand that to the talk between Aragorn and Arwen.


This is a great piece of filming when you have Arwen say the line "Why do you fear the past?" Great filming, because right behind them is the answer. It's a picture of Isildur's confrontation with Sauron.

As far as some of the more disappointing parts of the movies, I think most have been already mentioned so all I'll add is Rivendell (or I should actually direct this to Elrond) doesn't come off as the "Last Homely House west of the Misty Mountains" as I imagined it.
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Mmmm.

I adored the Nazgul chase scene. I thought it was very well done, very urgent, very beautiful and scary. Frodo's thunder is stolen, but we see him so much in the later parts of the film, as well as the other two films, that I don't really mind it as much.

Arwen is luscious and ethereal. A friend of mine, a movie critic named Larry Toppman, once pointed out that Peter Jackson has elicited surprisingly good performances from both Liv Tyler and Sean Bean, actors who have largely relied on their looks to get by in other films.

I have quibbles with the cranky Elrond, but I suppose they did that so that he could offset Gandalf.

I like the way Legolas and the rest of the Fellowship are introduced, but I'm obviously biased. I will say this, though, watch Legolas later in the movie; I think they do a fine job with showing, through him, the Elvish attitude toward mortality.

Also, I think that the music on the bridge scene deserves an honourable mention. Enya does a great job getting her mouth around all this lyrical Elvish.
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I'm surprised that Arwen's usurpation of Glorfindel's role wasn't as unappreciated as I would have thought. It would have worked better for me if the dialogue were better and Frodo were given a more active role.

As the movie proceeds I like Frodo less and less. The slide starts at Weathertop and continues its downward progress from there. Surely we need to know that the Witch-King's bite is no ordinary sting, but Frodo just seems so whiny. He gets a reprieve in Rivendell, as I too would want to return to the Shire some days, but later we get back on the slope.

To get back to the purpose of the SbS: I understand why PJ had to inject Arwen here, as Boromir88 states, you can't have her appear nine hours later and expect people to care. Not sure the reason for diminishing Frodo; Gandalf - he wanted to make man, as in Aragorn, more important and so the wizard's role suffered. But Frodo?
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I like most of this sequence the only character I really don't like is Mr Eyebrow or Mr Sectret Agent or Elrond. I always pictured Elrond as a somewhat happier fellow. This doesn't mean somebody with a grin pasted on his face but just not that frown. Life is a grim bussiness, no wonder Elrond wants to leave ME.
I didn't object to the scene with Boromir and Aragorn but I did think it was weird that they just left Narsil so exposed.
I don't mind Arwen either, it would just have been too weird if she had not been mentioned before she appears in ROTK.
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He's gone from the whiny Frodo to the gasping Frodo, and this does not garner any sympathy from me.
he does from me. ever since his 'what must I do' line I've liked movie Frodo. And you try not to whine if you've got some balck riders on your tail!

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Regardless, the inclusion of the trolls was another gem.
yes, another example of the hard work and LOVE the filmmakers put into this story

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The wraiths are close by, as we can hear their calls, and Frodo preemptively shudders before they wail. But what's to fear? Our merry group has torches and swords, and that sent five of the Black Riders packing before.
Hang on - that's unfair. the book guys lasted 12 DAYS in the wilderness after the attack before Glorfindel found them. So Jackson is not making ANY CHNAGE WHATSOEVER to the inability of the ringwraiths to track them down. Book Aragorn DID attack them with fire in the book as well, it's just that we do not SEE it in the book - Frodo sees the start of aragorn's attack before he faints.

I think we need to also remember the source material the scriptwriters worked from before we critique the films. The only difference being that 1/ frodo stabbed the WK with his blade (but this made no difference) and 2/ he shouted elbereth githoniel which (in book terms) obviusly DID. But as I stated before, we couldn;t really see this in the movie (ie the ringwraiths running off cos he shouted a weird name out!)

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Until I read what she says. "I am Arwen. I have come to help you." Ouch! What prose!
What, instead of the original ''Hail, and well met at last!'' as Glorfindel says in the book. Would have this have worked in the Movie? Alas, I think not.

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As Strider munches on some 'foil, Arwen examines Frodo's wound. No mention about why the wound is bad, and also no clue regarding the healing properties of athelas. So why include it?
- as a fleeting nod of the cap to the houses of healing scene - when I saw this in the first film, I then realised we wouldn't be getting a house of healing scene in movie 3.

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Arwen updates us as to what's happening. Five wraiths behind, four elsewhere and she's been looking for them for two days. How did she and Elrond know?
Could we have all this prose in explaining what happened in these fast moving scenes - would have all of the following worked? I think not....

'Elrond received news that troubled him. Some of my kindred, journeying in your land beyond the Baranduin, learned that things were amiss, and sent messages as swiftly as they could. They said that the Nine were abroad, and that you were astray bearing a great burden without guidance, for Gandalf had not returned. There are few even in Rivendell that can ride openly against the Nine; but such as there were, Elrond sent out north, west, and south. It was thought that you might turn far aside to avoid pursuit, and become lost in the Wilderness.
'It was my lot to take the Road, and I came to the Bridge of Mitheithel, and left a token there, nigh on seven days ago. Three of the servants of Sauron were upon the Bridge, but they withdrew and I pursued them westward. I came also upon two others, but they turned away southward. Since then I have searched for your trail. Two days ago I found it, and followed it over the Bridge; and today I marked where you descended from the hills again. But come! There is no time for further news. Since you are here we must risk the peril of the Road and go. There are five behind us, and when they find your trail upon the Road they will ride after us like the wind. And they are not all. Where the other four may be, I do not know. I fear that we may find the Ford is already held against us.'


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Now, I like Arwen as the heroine, but this diminishes Frodo to mere baggage.
Fair point. - I admit this DOES diminish his character at the Fords.

re your problems with the nazgul entering and fording the river. It was an elvish river remember, and Tolkien has stated before (but not explained) that they have a 'fear' of this water, don't they?


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But having Glorfindel/Arwen, Aragorn and the three hobbits bearing torches, keeping the wraiths in the water would have made more sense and be closer to the books, but whatever. At least the horse-headed waves, whether created by Gandalf or a computer, were included.
yes, but we couldn't have this and a great 'car chase' scene as you put it before......

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Now, the scene was okay and all, but as later we see more of Saruman's powers (fireball, lightning, storm), I can only assume that he meant for Gandalf to escape.
I don't think Saurman would attack the Lord of the Eagles. Would you?

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A farsighted elf, that, as he made the balcony by which Frodo stands to be hobbit height. I did not catch this in the movie nor in the image in some news magazine that someone brought to my attention. Think that PJ even jokes about the obvious gaffe. The height of the rail would just be right for tripping wine-saturated elves and sending them to the valley floor.
Or perhaps some hobbit size rooms from the last time Bilbo was there 77 years before, and from the 17 years he's spent there since the party?

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But how then is Gollum still walking?
again, an issue with the original text, not the movie.....

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- this is exactly why it was added - to add credence to Frodo's feelings when he claimed the Quest at the Council.....

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First, Boromir's a warrior, and so I would assume that he merely looking at a blade would know if it were sharp.
I believe this is put in at a request of Bean so he could mention his character's name 'Sharp' from his other main work......no joke.
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I'm not really bothered by Arwen replacing Glorfindel. In fact, I'm not really bothered by many of the inserted Arwen scenes through the movies. I think it was important for Jackson to establish a "love background/story" between Arwen and Aragorn, and sort of intersplice in the movies.
My major complaint is not with the insertion of Arwen into the story, it is the over insertion of her throughout the story and this is a perfect example. Why not quickly introduce Glorfindel as an Elf-Lord and given him a quick spot at the Council of Elrond? Arwen is no warrior and she doesn't ride to adventure...she is no Eowyn. It wouldn't have taken longer. I really would have liked them to stay true to the book in this instance and have Glorfindel put Frodo on his horse and Frodo cross the Fords alone. This would also have saved us from the wretched "she-elf" line. Then quickly introdcue Arwen during Rivendell and show her love for Aragorn there.

One other question. Why does Aragorn shun his past? I don't recall him being ashamed of being Isildur's heir in the book, in fact he seemed to be rather proud of the fact. But here (I think in this sequence) we get Arwen saying "You are Isildur's heir, not Isildur himself. Why?
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I believe this is put in at a request of Bean so he could mention his character's name 'Sharp' from his other main work......no joke.
I wouldn't doubt it, Bean did play in a rather extensive series called "Sharpes..._____" (insert multiple names), where he played a man name Richard Sharpe.

I don't doubt it, because we see in TTT EE when Saruman falls down and is impaled on a wheel of spikes, this is a reference back to Lee's movie days as Dracula...when he is impaled on a wheel of spikes. So, I wouldn't doubt if this is the same case with Bean.
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One other question. Why does Aragorn shun his past? I don't recall him being ashamed of being Isildur's heir in the book, in fact he seemed to be rather proud of the fact. But here (I think in this sequence) we get Arwen saying "You are Isildur's heir, not Isildur himself. Why?
different context, I admit, but book Aragorn himself says it at the Council of Elrond
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"I am but the heir of Isildur, not Isildur himself."

But in a vastly different context. PJ casts Isildur
negatively, in the book Aragorn implies Isildur is
above him in greatness of ability.

I believe PJ and friends rationale was the
infamous "story arc."
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I didn't object to the scene with Boromir and Aragorn but I did think it was weird that they just left Narsil so exposed.
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Why? It was in a sort or museum/shrine type area. Noone is going to steal it (look what happens to people who even tread on Elrond's grass without permission - he turns the sprinklers big time). If Aragorn isn't going to be carrying the thing around they have to get the sword in somehow.
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Why? It was in a sort or museum/shrine type area. Noone is going to steal it (look what happens to people who even tread on Elrond's grass without permission - he turns the sprinklers big time). If Aragorn isn't going to be carrying the thing around they have to get the sword in somehow.
Something just did not feel right regarding the display of Narsil. I understand displaying it, and that it did not require velvet ropes and a security guard. But something was missing.

And why was Aragorn hovering nearby?

Isn't this the "I'm not Isildur," and "I don't want to be King" guy? Seems like an unlikely place for such an Isildur-scorner to hang out - unless, that is, he was hiding a can of spray paint under his tunic ("Oh darn...here comes that guy with the shield...ahhh, I'm reading, ya, that's a good alibi, I'm reading in the dark...").
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The she-elf line doesn't bug me because I seem to turn my attention elsewhere every time the line is uttered.
I do understand that Arwen had to speak the words to raise the water because it might not have worked to tell the audience after, "Oh, by the way Elrond raised the river"
I really liked the way they did the design of the horses in the waves.
Enya's song really suits the love scene between Aragorn and Arwen. It has such a dreamlike quality. I like this scene because it gives you time to recover before the next action scene.
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Been thinking about the Arwen switch for Glorfindel. Our very first meeting of Arwen is when she prompts Aragorn with a sword to his throat. She then checks out Frodo, then decides that he has to go immediately to the Rivendell ER - she makes no real attempt to heal him. She rides openly against the Nine, and so is an accomplished rider. At the Ford Arwen draws her blade and taunts the assembled Nazgul, something even Gandalf is want to do. Maybe is was all bluff just to get them into the river; maybe not.

My point is that, at some level, Arwen is shown to be a warrior. This would actually make the rumors of her appearance at Helm's Deep more valid, and would even give a reason for the other elves being there (escort?). Did the necessity of having Arwen appear strong in FotR allow for subsequent script changes that, after other ideas arose, became unnecessary yet got included as they were already filmed etc?

But the other side of the thought was that, after taking pains to show Arwen as Xena-ish, she never again appears as a warrior, and so in some ways it appears a waste to have shown her this way...all for not. I think that PJ could have included her here and added more to her warrior side later, or excluded her from the Fords yet made her appear as she did in Rivendell, and add other scenes for her later.

Okay, so that's not very clear - but I'm working on the thoughts .
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Well, as a book fan, I'm perfectly fine with the warrior aspect of Arwen only showing up in FOTR. As a movie fan, the possibilities are a bit intriguing.

I think this again highlights how difficult it is to adapt this work to film. PJ basically had to expand Arwen's character the way he did in FOTR, but for him to have her fighting in Helm's Deep in TTT (in order to give her more screentime with 'Gorn and round out her fighting character), was "too far" outside the book for Tolkien fans. Including me.

Maybe I should save this for the TTT discussions, but does it strike anyone as awkward to have Arwen and Eowyn both at Helm's Deep? Not only would it be a huge change to the book in the narrative aspect, but it would have far-reaching implications for the Aragorn-Eowyn relationship, which they ended up choosing to keep faithful to the book.
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Maybe I should save this for the TTT discussions, but does it strike anyone as awkward to have Arwen and Eowyn both at Helm's Deep? Not only would it be a huge change to the book in the narrative aspect, but it would have far-reaching implications for the Aragorn-Eowyn relationship, which they ended up choosing to keep faithful to the book.
So was the swap of Arwen for Glorfindel just to have her in as much of FotR as possible? As stated, having Arwen and Eowyn at Helm's Deep complicates things, and surely PJ et al would have seen that coming a mile away. Or is it alluded to, as when Aragorn returns to Helm's Deep after his river rapid adventure he regains the Evenstar? Did PJ think to have Arwen show up again, and have a 'triangle moment' that woud throw Eowyn even further into despair? And, if Arwen were there, why is she then sent home, or do we get her and Aragorn together for the rest of the movie?

So, it would seem that PJ included Arwen at the Fords only to have her in the picture as much as he could get away with, and possibly to have a 'strong' younger female role in each film.
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Very good points, alatar, and I would say that the "let's get a young female in a prominent role" was probably the biggest reason why PJ had Arwen in there so much.

It's crazy to think about the narrative problems that would be caused by Arwen going to Helm's Deep. I don't even like to think about it. I'm just glad PJ and Co. saw the light and kept her at home (and off to the Havens and back again).
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I am okay with Arwen the way she is in FOTR. Besides, they had to introduce her one way or the other. I also think that if she didn't have this action scene people would see her as a very passive character who is just there as Aragorn's love interest. Now at least she has another purpose(however brief it is).
Although I don't mind the role switch in FOTR I know that I wouldn't have liked to see her at Helm's Deep. That is just going too far
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Hopefully someone can help me out by providing the book text, but when Frodo dreams in the house of Tom Bombadil he sees what we learn is Gandalf imprisoned then escaping Orthanc via Eagle Airlines. If I remember accurately what I heard, Frodo sees the person with a staff use it to call the Eagle, by making some flash of sorts. Now, assuming what Frodo sees in the dream is real, we have Gandalf retaining his staff even though he is restrained by Saruman.

Why, then, does PJ remove the staff from the Wizard? Does he want to make the staves so important so that later, when Gandalf breaks Saruman's and the Witch-King breaks Gandalf's, we see it as the staves are what give the Wizards their powers?
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In the book it does mention that Gandalf has a staff and thus summons the eagle. But this wouldn't make sense in the movie because the last we see of Gandalf before this scene was him spinning up to the rooftop without his staff. So for me it makes sense because why would they give back his staff, especially since PJ decides to make the staff a symbol of power. (This we see in TTT when Gandalf uses it to get rid of Saruman influencing Theoden)

I think another reason that there is no staff is because PJ said in one of the commentaries that he didn't like to have the wizards shooting lighteningbolts from their staffs and in the book this happens.
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I don't really care about this change because I think the alternative is pretty cool. But I must admit that there is a lot of staff losing and finding going on throughout these movies. You never know when Gandalf will lose his staff. the only one who seems to be consistent is Saruman.
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Just to make it clear, Gandalf does not summon the eagle with his staff. You might say that he signals Gwaihir with it, but the actual summons came from Radagast, who obviously does not appear anywhere in the movies.

I agree with Lathriel that it is consistent for Gandalf not to have his staff on the top of Orthanc, considering PJ adding power to the staffs. But yeah, Gandalf the Grey and Gandalf the White are apparently assigned two staffs each. He seems to lose his staff almost as frequently as Anakin Skywalker loses his lightsaber.
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Just to make it clear, Gandalf does not summon the eagle with his staff. You might say that he signals Gwaihir with it, but the actual summons came from Radagast, who obviously does not appear anywhere in the movies.
Someone hopefully will provide the text, but what I was saying is that Gandalf had his staff when he was held atop Orthanc. I think that the 'light' wasn't lightning, but maybe a small flicker like Gandalf will use later when in Moria. The light guides the bird to its target, nothing more.


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Do we have a count on the number of staffs that Gandalf has? He hs the original, loses that at Orthanc, gets another, loses that in Moria (I don't think that it's broken), get a Staff 2.0 when he returns from the dead, loses that to the Witch-King, and gets yet another for the trip across the sea.
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re the number of staffs - You are talking, no doubt, of Movie gandalf, but I would also surmise that book gandalf gets at least one new staff after the battle with the balrog
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I guess Gandalf is like one of those people who likes to go shopping for shoes but instead he likes staffs. I'm sure you can often see him going to the wizard mall.
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Ring "The Ring! The Ring!" they cried with deadly voices.

Ah, so we come to one of my least favourite scenes in the FOTR movie, Ford Follies.

Why sneak up on your boyfriend with a naked sword? Doesn't seem very nice to me, but I guess there's no telling what kinky games these two got up to on their long walks in the woods around Imladris.

Quite nice that Frodo sees Arwen as she is on the "other side", perhaps somewhat of a homage to Glorfindel as he sees him at the ford, when he is slipping into that other world himself.

But overall, I have to disagree with the appearance of Arwen as a "warrior princess", if only because she never displays that tendency again in the trilogy. I think it would have been just as well to introduce her at Rivendell. And why not have Glorfindel here, if only for a single scene? Well, I guess with the plethora of characters there are, PJ didn't wish to add yet another unfamiliar face. Understandable, I suppose, but then you might easily say, what about all those hobbits we saw at Bilbo's party, or in other scenes around Hobbiton? We weren't overly confused by Rosie Cotton, for example.

The horse chase (to coin a term) was fairly exciting, but I see no real reason to deviate from the book's version of events, which was exciting enough as it stood. By this I mean, keep Frodo with the others a little longer, have a slightly shorter chase (although still quite decent), and have his friends running towards the Riders with flaming torches.

I think that Frodo succumbs to his wound a little too far, a little too fast. It would have been nice to see some of the resilience which Gandalf later praises him for. He gets reduced to baggage quite quickly, and we get a much altered (for the worse) version of events at the ford. I would have loved to see Elijah Frodo astride Asfaloth, defying the servants of Sauron with his blade drawn! Alas! We get what is also in my opinion the worst line in the movies, "Give up the halfling, she-elf!". Then, coming at a very close second worst line in the movies, "If you want him, come and claim him". Then Arwen raises the river in flood, all on her own! No Gandalf or Elven Ring to aid her. If she is so powerful, then she should have been sent with the Fellowship instead of Gandalf!

The Riders see their plight, and attempt to escape... by riding downstream, instead of back to the further shore. Here we indeed miss the flaming brands of Strider and Glorfindel, as some explanation of why the Riders could not retreat. But it's all too much for Frodo, as he finally succumbs to the Morgul spell. So what does Arwen do? Gives up her immortality then and there, so that she can save Frodo's life! Is she allowed to do this? Even Lúthien had to plead her case to Mandos. Ladies and gentlemen, presenting the most powerful elf to have ever lived... movie Arwen. IMHO, this only adds to the confusion. Why not just have Frodo faint, and be healed by Elrond.

However that may be, Frodo awakes in Rivendell. Very peaceful, serene scene, perfect for convalescence. Gandalf's flashback is well done, and lends some credence to the theory that his entire capture at Orthanc could have been shown via flashback. I don't think having Saruman there at the time of Gandalf's escape works very well, however. Remember, this is the guy who can later control the weather over Caradhras, hundreds of leagues away. Yet he can't prevent Gwaihir making off with Gandalf right under his nose? Come on...

I appreciate the amount of work that went into creating Rivendell, but it wasn't as I had imagined it. To me, Rivendell has always had more of a homely feel (being indeed the Last Homely House). A little more indoors, rather than every room so exposed to the elements. Movie Rivendell must be mighty cold in winter! I think that showing the Hall of Fire would have gone a long way to showing that the place was not so alien and foreign, and that all folk, hobbits, dwarves, men and elves could be happy there. PJs elves seem to be a little too aloof at times.

I didn't like the scene between Gandalf and Elrond, mainly because Agent Elrond comes off as a bit of a jerk. He seems a bit too keen to use Frodo to solve Middle Earth's problem (although, admittedly, even book Elrond states that Frodo was chosen to do so). And he maligns the other races a bit too much. He's so "Elves are all that, and noone else is!" despite having been allied with Men in the Last Alliance. Excellent flashback to the Sammath Naur, though. "Isildur!". Here we learn that Aragorn is reluctant to take the throne of Gondor. Was this a credible change from the book? There must be a thread about that somewhere; I must delve into the Movies forum and search it out. I would have thought that the task of reclaiming the throne should be story enough, without Aragorn's self-doubt.

Seeing the Fellowship arrive was kinda cool. No problem for me that Boromir arrives on a horse... minor detail.

Not so sure what the filmmakers hoped to achieve by showing Boromir handling Narsil. Apart from, of course, the "still Sharpe" hook. Here they also expand on their weakness of Men theme, with Aragorn expressing his doubts to Arwen. I can't see why bother wasting time on this, to me, uninteresting and unnecessary sub-theme. They could have just spent some quality time together, without Arwen having to reassure the unconfident movie Aragorn.

The Evenstar stuff was quite touching, but I'm not quite sure of it as symbolic of immortality. Of love, fair enough, but I don't see it as quite as simple as: here's the Evenstar, so I'm not immortal anymore. I guess it works okay, though. The bridge scene is romantic. How well does the Arwen-Aragorn romance play out throughout the trilogy? Must be a thread on this somewhere, I shall get to work digging it out. I hate to play devil's advocate, but after having recently watched Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith and FOTR, I have to say that Anakin and Padmé's love affair sets a kind of benchmark for romance in (space) fantasy. There, that at least should elicit some replies fairly quickly...
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Must be a thread on this somewhere, I shall get to work digging it out. I hate to play devil's advocate, but after having recently watched Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith and FOTR, I have to say that Anakin and Padmé's love affair sets a kind of benchmark for romance in (space) fantasy. There, that at least should elicit some replies fairly quickly...
Ahhh!!! On the way out, and so this must be brief. Having just watched 'Clones' for the fifth time (the kids have become Star Wars fans ), I can only assume that, when you speak of this benchmark, you can only mean 'foot stool.'
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It seems I was a bit, hoom, well, hasty in my earlier post when decrying the power that the filmmakers gave to Arwen, letting her revoke her immortality and pass a gift on to Frodo:
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So what does Arwen do? Gives up her immortality then and there, so that she can save Frodo's life! Is she allowed to do this? Even Lúthien had to plead her case to Mandos.
Having just finished a re-read of the book, I spied the line in Many Partings which no doubt inspired PJ and co to do as they did:
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"But in my stead you shall go, Ring-bearer, when the time comes, and if you then desire it."
It still is a bit of a surprise to me that Arwen can make this choice for Frodo, but I am glad that she can! And hey, it's canonical. So I guess for afternoon tea I'll be serving up a steaming dish of my own words. Mmm... words...
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Luthien had to ask for the choice, but she wasn't half-elven. Her descendants were half-elven; and they were GIVEN the choice. Arwen always knew she would have to choose. So did Elladan and Elrohir. Arwen's choice left a spot open on the ship into the West; but notice that Bilbo and (eventually) Sam also went. The letters say that Gandalf probably also had something to do with it, and perhaps Galadriel (if I remember correctly.) See footnote (on page 327) to letter 246.

Some folks think that Shadowfax went West too.
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Whether Arwen could give away her boat ticket or not, in Tolkien's world, in PJ's world it seems that she can. However, I can see where it could be confusing, as, at the Fords, Warrior Princess Arwen seems to be giving away her mortality ("grace") to Frodo.


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Later, when he's recovered and on his way to more fun adventures, she decides to 'take it back' as she goes along with the other elves in their slow walk to the Havens. Then, after having a vision of children to come, she yet again turns her back on the West and so runs back to Elrond (and Aragorn eventually), leaving her place in the West 'available.' isn't it said, never ask an elf for directions?

What an appropriate time to be discussing Frodo sitting in the AmanAir terminal on standby...
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Whether Arwen could give away her boat ticket or not, in Tolkien's world, in PJ's world it seems that she can. However, I can see where it could be confusing, as, at the Fords, Warrior Princess Arwen seems to be giving away her mortality ("grace") to Frodo.



Later, when he's recovered and on his way to more fun adventures, she decides to 'take it back' as she goes along with the other elves in their slow walk to the Havens. Then, after having a vision of children to come, she yet again turns her back on the West and so runs back to Elrond (and Aragorn eventually), leaving her place in the West 'available.' isn't it said, never ask an elf for directions?

What an appropriate time to be discussing Frodo sitting in the AmanAir terminal on standby...
I never really got the impression that she was giving her place on the ship to Frodo when he collapsed at the Ford, but that she was just simply wishing for the good fortune (grace) to help Frodo survive too, as it had helped her.
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I never really got the impression that she was giving her place on the ship to Frodo when he collapsed at the Ford, but that she was just simply wishing for the good fortune (grace) to help Frodo survive too, as it had helped her.
I would agree with that, and would note that "non-book readers" would not have received that impression either, as the concept of Elves going West had hardly been touched on at that point in the film, and Arwen's choice had not been explained at all.
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I hate to play devil's advocate, but after having recently watched Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith and FOTR, I have to say that Anakin and Padmé's love affair sets a kind of benchmark for romance in (space) fantasy.
Somehow - don't remember the exact reason - I started reading criticisms regarding the the Star Wars prequels and specifically the acting abilities, or lack thereof, of the actor who played the part of Anakin, the young Darth Vader. Now, having watched the AotC film with the kids, I noted that Hayden Christensen was very stiff and seemed to lack emotion. His portrayal of the Anakin character was widely panned, and he seems to have garnered some bad feelings from the fans.

Then I read more, and it was noted that the actor had done better work in other films, and so, given that other actors with longer track records were similarly not shown in the best light in the Star Wars prequels, it then obviously comes down to the director and the material. Say what you want about Elijah Wood, or Sean Astin, or any of the other actors in these films, note that PJ et al first picked these persons, then directed them to do, say, express specific ideas in a script written by the same PJ crew from the Tolkien books.

So, good or bad, it ultimately comes back to Peter Jackson.

Think that this is obvious, but I wanted to say it anyway, Getting off my soapbox now...
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My son, becoming more interested in the Star Wars movies, purchased with his 'Tooth Fairy' money the third episode in the series ("Revenge of the Sith"). I stayed up late to watch it so at least I would have possible explanations for all of the questions that I get asked about the characters in the Star Wars universe.

That and it wasn't that bad.

Anyway, I noted that Natalie Portman's performance wasn't stellar, and she I know has a track record of good acting, and so I conclude that the directors/producers are in some part (major?) responsible for the actor's on-screen performance. We can't blame it all on Elijah, Sean or John.
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Certainly. Very true. Lucas makes even great actors like Liam Neeson look bad. I don't think that Peter Jackson did a bad job of directing the actors though, I think they are nearly all great--the only problems I have with the characters in the movies are the way a few of them are written and some of Jackson's choices.
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Exactly. Just want to be sure that, as with the praise, that the blame is spread evenly as well. Great actors crash and burn with poor scripts, and mediocre actors are buoyed/uplifted by great writing/directlng.

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Let me also add my agreement. I think the acting and especially the way you can see in the Extras how Jackson got his thespians to repeat a scene again and again until he was satisfied (shoot me down if you like, but I compare PJ to Stanley Kubrick in this regard) was trully enspired in this Trilogy.

And a complete opposite to this would be Samuel L Jackon's wooden acting in the Star Wars prequels. I truly believe this is the worst acting I have ever seen by a 'good' actor on Screen. And this must be largely due to the way Lucas wanted him to portray his character.

PS - The nearest 'bad' acting I have seen to compare with SJ's character in Star Wars was Harry Enfiled in the first series of Men Behaving Badly which was truly awful!!
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Yes, George Lucas is one of the worst directors of acting ever to make a big-budget film. It still mystifies me how he managed to get memorable performances in the original Star Wars film. I mean, the acting is not stellar there, but it's not terrible.

At any rate, PJ is a masterful director of actors. As Essex points out, he's big on doing lots of takes and having his actors repeat the lines in every possible way, so that he can pick out which one works exactly. I suppose you could say that in a way, it leaves less room for actors to interpret their own characters. But then again, for a project like this, I'm not sure that's a bad thing.
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