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Can a Film be too like the Book? - The Titfield Thunderbolt
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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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uitlander From: uitlander Date: January 11th, 2004 12:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well of the three, I liked ROTK best - it is, after all, where things finally happen. My real problem with ROTK (which, as you rightly say is really a problem with the structure of original book) is that it doesn't end in the right place. No... instead we have another half hour of tearful goodbyes and they all lived happily after... type stuff.

And what of Saruman?
Well I believe Christopher Lee is on record as saying that his role in ROTK is one of his finest (that was, of course, before he discovered they'd cut out all his scenes). BTW, did you notice that the scree slope Sam and Frodo slipped down in front of the Gate to Mordor in TTT appears to have been abducted by aliens?
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