qatsi (qatsi) wrote,
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Can a Film be too like the Book?

Unfortunately, kharin swiped my proposed subject line for this entry, following our viewing of The Return of the King on Thursday.

I'm not saying that it wasn't a good film, though I'm also not saying that I don't think it could have been shorter. But to be honest, I preferred the first film in the series, as it had more plot, and the second two just get more drawn out as the material is stretched out to its conclusion. This is not a criticism of the film, but rather of the book, where I feel the same applies. Perhaps Frodo and Sam should have climed Mount Doom to the strains of Ravel's Bolero, which is, after all, about lovers climbing a volcano, and just as drawn out and tedious. And what of Saruman? One presumes that in the background he was transformed into a Lord of the Sith, with a very silly name.
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