I’ve never sent in a review of any sort, so if I ramble or do it all wrong, please forgive me…
I can’t belive that just over a year ago I had a pretty strong dislike of Tolkien. It’s true. I had to read “The Hobbit” in school, and as someone who loves to read for pleasure, it just took all the fun out of it and effectively insured that I would avoid the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy if I could help it. My how 1 movie changed THAT. FOTR was just…masterful. Perfect. Genius. Oh, it had flaws, don’t get me wrong. I just thought the good outweighed the bad.
I feel much the same about TTT, but some of my feelings are bound to change with multiple viewings. I’m sure I missed alot the first go round at midnight…There are some people who are surely going to try and compare TTT to FOTR, but I find that such comparisons useless. It’s like comparing apples to oranges. Whereas FOTR was slower paced, heavier on the character development and diologue, TTT is from the start a faster, more agressively paced movie. More fighting, more epicness (is that even a word?)…the stakes are higher, much higher.
Right off the bat, I have to say that the Frodo/Sam/Gollum part of the story didn’t interest me as much as perhaps it should’ve. I *personally* was more drawn to the Aragorn/Legolas/Gimli adventures, and even more drawn to Legolas, but that’s just me. *Ahem* Anyhow, I really didn’t feel as drawn to Frodo as I did in the first movie, where I deeply empathized with what Frodo was sacrificing to try and take the Ring to Mordor. Gollum was…interesting. He got few laughs at the theater I saw TTT at, which kinda stumped me, as in the books, Gollum is a rather menacing, tortured soul who doesn’t strike me as the type of individual to inspire laughter. But he was rather schitzophrenic, that’s for sure. Pretty impressive CGI overall. Merry and Pippin weren’t in the movie an awful lot, but as they weren’t my fave characters, I didn’t sweat it too much.
I loved all the Elvish that was spoken…but than I’ve already mentioned a certain affection for Legolas, so anything Elvish tends to get my attention. Even Elves at Helm’s Deep. A departure from Tolkien to be sure, but I think it was a nice change. The Elves can come off as snobbish and not terribly concerned with the fate of Middle-earth, seeing as they’re high tailing it to the Undying Lands/Gray Havens or whatever they’re called (I forget…sorry). This shows us that they still do care. In fact, when they showed up, I cheered (mentally, of course). The cavalry had arrived and the battle could commence forthwith!! What a battle. Helm’s Deep was one of those scenes (as was the cave troll fight in FOTR) that I knew when I saw it would benefit from a viewing in slo-mo on a DVD. Too much action, too little time to soak it all in.
I could go on, but it would be a very long review, and I wouldn’t want to bore anyone. Suffice to say, I plan on seeing this at least one or two more times, just so I can form a more solid opinion on TTT. It’s the same for me with albums. The first time I listen to a CD (the TTT soundtrack for instance), I either LOVE IT to death, or I’m kinda like, “Eh, it was okay.” But upon a second, third…etc, listen, I find that certain songs tend to grow on me (like Gollum’s Song). At first I was resisting liking it, because I liked the FOTR soundtrack, and <a HREF=”https://www.enyamusic.com/” TARGET=”new”]Enya[/l]’s song, an awful lot. Now I find I like them both. I hope the same can be said about TTT eventually. It truely was a moving experience to watch on the big screen. Two thumbs up!
Thus concludes my review.