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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Fellowship of the Ring Redux

Lord of the Rings - Fellowship of the Ring would be much better if it wasn't for these incessant hobbits. Merry and Pippin, even if they have their heartfelt moments, are at least somewhat comical, they further the side story (that makes this into 3 books instead of 2), and they don't seem to be as married to each other as Frodo and Sam. Samwise is nothing short of Frodo's wife. "You're not eating or sleeping, don't think I haven't noticed...". What the hell kind of line is that from one adventurer to another? That's like something straight out of Ally McBeal (another show that would be a million times better without the main act, Ally). These guys are out on an adventure to save the future of civilization as they know it, they're not throwing a dinner party.
I know Sam cares about Frodo, and he told Gandalf that he was going to protect him, but this is just ridiculous.

And Frodo running off by himself at the end of fotr? What was that? I know it's a set up for the rest of the tale, but please. There are probably a couple of other ways that could have been handled. J.R.R, I'm looking in your general direction.

Now, don't get me wrong, it's a great and wonderful movie, trilogy in fact, but some things are just annoyances. Merry and Pippin redeem themselves in the later movies, but Sam has absolutely no claim to fame what so ever. He doesn't even provide comic relief, he just gets in the way. If Sam had gotten turned into a toad by Gandalf when he catches him outside the window, it would have been a better movie.
I do know why Sam is there though. I know the function he fills, but I think that they could probably have done it differently. As a matter och fact, they could have thrown in an extra adventurer. Or, just not killed off Boromir and have Boromir lead the remainder of the fellowship to get Merry and Pippin, and Aragorn could have come with Frodo to mount doom. Granted, the deception parts with Gollum might have had to be re-written a bit, but still.
They could even have done a bit about the Isildur failure once they get inside mount doom, but then Aragorn redeems himself by being the one who throws the Ring in the fires. Everybody lives happily ever after.

As I'm writing this, the credits are rolling in the background, and it's just a shitload of names, no titles. Are these just people who they are thanking for some reason or another? There must be thousands, if not more!

Ohh, and after 10 minutes of editing this post, the credits are still running. What the hell?

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