I love computer generated worlds, but if you make me notice them, it's like sticking me in the eye. I don't want to be reminded that it's all fake because of sloppy editing or camera angles.
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers: During press conferences and interviews yesterday, Peter Jackson revealed some great stuff about the current status of the second chapter. First off a rough cut of all three films is done (the third one is still just loosely assembled but the second one is pretty much complete). He also confirmed each film in the series includes 500-600 FX shots and will be between 2.5-3 hours long each. "The Two Towers" will definitely see the Ents and Treebeard, and increasd roles for the king's son character. The actors are scheduled to head back to NZ in May & June for any reshoots/touch ups required but as of now there's no exact words on what'll be changed/added.
The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring: Various other answers to questions emerged during the aforementioned interviews. Producer Barry Osborne indicates the final budget for the trilogy stands at $270 million. The first film's original rough cut running time stands in at a little over 3.5 hours so expect that 30-40 mins of extra footage to show up on DVD - though Jackson confirms there's no "Director's Cut" as such on the drawing boards. Amongst these deleted scenes include more characterisation in regards to how the supporting characters feel about being in the fellowship, whilst another sequence where Gimli falls for Galadriel. Meantime the film scored a $18.2 million opening day take, a record opening day for any film in December.
I think I may be a little late to the party here, but just some comments to add.
Vocaloca: Tom Bombadil was Tolkien's mary-sue. The fact that he was snipped right out of the film was a godsend.
CalvinTheBold: The movie mentions orcs and goblins being crossed, not orcs and humans. It escapes me completely which the book actually stated.
I thoroughly enjoyed the movie despite my nitpicks, because what I saw as wrong with the movie seemed trivial enough to fade into the background. What annoyed me were things that broke me out of the mood of the story, like: The Hobbits are small, but not round. Their bodies seemed a bit thin. Yet in scenes where you see the fellowship walking in the distance, they use 'small people' stand-ins, and the body types did not match up. Then in the one scene in the dwarf mine kingdom, as the fellowship runs across the open space of the cavern, it looks like the entire scene [including all the actors] are done in enough cgi to make me think of Toy Story. But really, those are things that did not detract from my overall enjoyment.
One last thing, because it just struck me. There was a lot of Hobbit molesting -- hugging hobbits, ruffling hair, carrying, touching, etc. I do not remember thinking that as I read the book. *shrugs*
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