The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy closed on a high note in the newly released movie “Return Of The King”. While there will be many who will bemon the fact that Mr. Jackson did not remain “letter perfect” to the story line as written by J.R.R. Tolkien, he accomplished something few have, i.e., he reamined faithfull to spirit and emotion of the author and what the author tried to convay in words alone.
Books have no time constrants with regard to story development. They have all the time it takes to read how many pages they contain to introduce, develop and examin in debth what people, places and events that are germain to the story line. A director is not so lucky because his greatest enemies are: Time and Money or more accuratley: Time is money!
If Mr. Jackson was blessed with an unlimited amount of money, he quite possible could have made an 8 hour movie which just could have included every character and event which was in Tolkien’s “Return of the King”. But he wasn’t so blessed and I doubt, from a creative stand point, that such a movie was possible. Where he succeded was in convaying the spirit of the work.
When I left the movie, one thought keeping running throuh my mind: The greater the odds, the greater the glory, the deeper the love. I can not say, nor would I attempt to say, what was in the minds of either J.R.R. Tolkien or Peter Jackson with regard to what was the creative spirit which they each tried to convey in their individual works but I can, as as an observer of both, say that the images which Tolkien tried to create in the mind of the reader visa viv the written word where very ably convayed to the visual medium of the movies by Peter Jackson.
J.R.R. Tolkien has been labeled the greatest author of the 20th century. While some may take exception with this view,
I do not. Mr. Jackson, on the other hand, is a visual story teller, who’s efforts were made all the easier by the exceptional talent of the actors who brought to life his vision of Tolkien’s words. The wriiten words of Tolkien were given form and debth in the creative visual medium which Mr. Jackson is quickly becoming a master of.
Return of the King is a great movie. If you go to see it only as
an exact visual rendering of Tolkien’s work, you will be greatly
disapointed but if you go to see the esence and spirit which Tolken tried to convay in his words, you will see it again and again. Thank you Peter Jackson. The Trilogy is done, long live “Return Of The King”!