Here’s what Cinescape had to say about the LOTR footage shown at ShoWest on Tuesday:
This was the one everyone was waiting for. Hoping for the
six-minute promotional shown in New Zealand last week,
New Line chose instead to present a package especially
made for ShoWest which combined quick clips from the
movie interspaced by lengthier behind the scenes interviews
with cast and crew. A quick opening shot of what appeared
to be Gollum quickly dissolved to a set piece with Elijah
Wood and Sean Astin–in hobbit gear, of course–talking
about the production of this grand trilogy. Director Peter
Jackson also appeared, showing how some of the technical
accomplishments are being handled and explaining how it is
only now, with the technology available today, that a tale like
Lord of the Rings could be brought to the screen.
Actual film footage included shots of Liv Tyler on horseback,
huge sword battles, and masses of mounted men ranging
over hills in the grand epic fashion of the novel. Scenes
showing the computer-shrunk hobbits intermingling with
normal-sized humans are said to be amazing, and a quick
closing shot of Ian McKellan as Gandalf proved him a perfect
choice for the part of the old wizard.
For a second time the hard-boiled audience of exhibitors
was brought to applause.
Signs look positive… Keep your fingers crossed, everyone!