Sorry for the lame pseudo-palindrome, but its better than Notlob.
After I first saw the movie LOTR a few years ago when it came out, I read celebutard propaganda like this, I wondered why the fuck did she make all that effort for about 6 lines of screen time?
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But you didn’t speak the gibberish language of Elves before. Was there anything special in it ?
It is a real language, not gibberish, and it has been rather difficult for me. My dialect coach was literally on duty on the set. And if I was saying even one sound incorrectly, she would correct me and I should repeat it with the correct pronunciation. It was very serious. And sometimes nervously hard for me. Especially, when couple of days prior to the shootings they thought: “Oh, let’s make it in Elvish!”. By the way, the favorite joke of Viggo (imitating voice of Viggo Mortensen, who portrayed Aragorn’s role, and laughing): “Please, let’s play this scene in Elvish”. Traitor! He knew perfectly well, that the one who should speak more in this language was me! (Laughs). But it was impossible to concentrate only on language. If I only spoke Elvish perfectly, it wouldn’t mean anything. You know, it was necessary to play in Elvish as if I play in English.
Well, I’m behind the times because I only this week saw the “extended” version of LOTR, all 6 disks, and the effort was well-worth it because she actually speaks about 20 fucking lines of Elvish. So Bra-fucking-vo.
Let me add, however, that the scenes added between “Arwen” and “Aragorn” are stilted, without any sex appeal at all, and even devoid of fairy-tale romance. There is zero chemistry between the two, and every single scene, with the exception of the Ringwraithes getting drowned (well, washed away, anyway) is superfluous and unnecessary, and in fact irritating because it derails the action just when you’re waiting for climactic battles and for Frodo to make it to Mt. Doom. They are so slow and empty it really defies explanation as to why they were written and filmed at all, except to get in more face time for Tyler, who is barely in the movie.
I had often wondered why the hell Jackson felt the need to add the “Aragorn falls off the cliff” sequence, which is not in the book and seems pretty unnecessary itself, especially when he had to junk myriad sequences (Tom Bombadil and the Barrow-wraithes, the Scouring of the Shire, are 2 such subplots which come to mind) because of the length of the book, then got to work manufacturing scenes that WEREN’T in the fucking book, because he’s just that much a better writer than Tolkien, I guessed.
Watching the movie this time, it occurred to me the real reason: to insert more fucking Arwen scenes, pure and simple. I had thought at the time that almost all the scenes with Liv Tyler were contrived and useless, but I had no clue that there were about three times as many filmed and in the can for what Jackson of course planned on: the expanded DVD scenes, which would be the real legacy and the actual movie as people came to know it.
Such is the sheer vapidity of these scenes you can’t just conclude Jackson wanted to add romance and an actual female role to the movie. After viewing these annoyingly retarded dialogs and interludes, which consist mainly of an over-made-up, po-faced Liv Tyler staring languidly into the camera, I think it more likely the fat, nerdy Jackson had a hard-on for Tyler and put all that extra, useless Arwen crap in to suck her ass, metaphorically, since he couldn’t in real life, which I’m sure he would have preferred.
Its hardly unheard of: Woody Allen does it nearly every movie he’s made in his dotage, sometimes even making the ingenue his girlfriend or sex partner, completely removing any doubt. Tarantino wrote 2 entire movies to lick up to Uma Thurman.
The fact as, in the book, the Arwen and Galadriel scenes are a couple paragraphs each, and that’s all that is needed. The Wraith-drenching scene and the scene where Galadriel confronts each of the Fellowship members with their deepest wish. Other than that, there is only the Éowyn saga to represent females in the Lord of the Rings. Sorry, that’s the facts. Most of the book deals with battles and war and running the gauntlet through enemies, much like other female-less movies, Lawrence of Arabia or Reservoir dogs, and females just don’t figure in.
Jackson did his best to nancy up Éowyn, overstating her mooning around Aragorn, expanded in the long form, in keeping with the “useless material that distracts from the action and ruins the narrative” of the long version, but again, it seems like he only does it at Éowyn’s expense so he can have Aragorn day-dreaming more fucking ARWEN scenes. Really, really irritating and just bad film-making. The Shield-maid of Rohan was the ONE strong female part in the movie, and Jackson pussies her up by making her look awkward and bumbling in the scene where the Witch King gets it in the face, then she is standing around happily holding hands with Faramir while the climactic battle before The Gates is going on, with no apparent concern for the bigger picture.
For all this special effects wizardry, Jackson sucks shit as a dramatic director. His decision to go over-the-top on acting, with exaggerated movements and hammy pratfalls (examine the opening of Part III, with the guys in the fishing boat flailing about) and corny jokes (the dwarf tossing) and mugging for the camera (the useless hobbits, Merry and Pippin, in every scene in which they appear). Only Ian McKellen seemed to have the stature to ignore Jackson’s direction and deliver a solid performance. Christopher Lee sure didn’t, nor did Brad Dourif, two other fine actors in other circumstances -although Lee does have a propensity to chew scenery when let loose, see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, where Burton’s adoration for Lee allowed him to go ape-shit big in every scene in which he appears, as well as the old Hammer stuff, but that was made to be over-acted.
To try to offset the fact that the two minor hobbits are merely baggage, taken along for the ride, other than when Merry’s bungling moves along plot points (lighting fires when they are trying to hide, knocking bones down a dry well to alert the Balrog, looking into the palantír, etc.), Jackson again takes idiotic liberties with the book, and instead of the Ents sensibly voting to go to war with Saruman, he has them vote no, then has the Hobbits trick Treebeard into going past Isengard and seeing the destruction there (because of course, he was previously unaware of it) and decide to go to war because of the tricky little hobbits.
Them sitting around smoking pipes and filling their pie-holes with smoked ham is more accurate.
The entire LOTR trilogy was a huge disappointment of miscasting (Sam, Frodo, Aragorn, the useless hobbits, Arwen, Hugo Weaving elf, the list goes on. The choice to go campy on the acting also made a mockery of the seriousness with which Tolkien took the material, and the adding of scenes to blow up Liv Tyler’s part was also a bullshit decision. A lot of the CGI is so overblown and overdone that it looks cartoonish (the millions of soldiers standing in rows, the “elephant” sequence with Legolas, the blue screen look of most of the picture).
As a life-long devotee of Tolkien, I was let down and left unmoved by the entire phenomenon the movie created. The book was better, period, and the movie did not do it justice.