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December 21st, 2011, 23:51
Originally Posted by JDR13 View Post
Nobody is talking about a literal translation of the books. I'm talking about things that are obviously being done because Jackson thinks that's what the mainsteam audience wants to see.
I have the same opinion.

For example these Uruk-hai Orcs made by Saruman … They looked too much like horror creatrures to me. Which they weren't in the books. Ugly, yes, fearsome, yes, but no horror.

The only "real" horror themes in LOTR are (imho)

- the wights (that small departure from the "safe road" after visiting Tom Bombadil
- Minas Morgul
- the unseen kings (yes, I know they are called "Witch Kings")
- the people Aragorn called at the Stome of Erech

Originally Posted by BillSeurer View Post
To make a good movie from a good book you CANNOT slavishly just film scenes out of the book, especially a long book.
Things must be shortened, of course.

But what bothers me, personally, is the distortion of things.

I think there have been quite good renderings of literature in the past - although I just can't remember any.

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction. (E.F.Schumacher, Economist, Source)
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