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10 years of Flick Filosopher: orcs — I hate these guys

It’s been five years since this one, too. Where does the time go? From my review of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring:

Other critics have already dragged out the $10 words to describe this film — some of the ones I’d chose myself are “seductive,” “masterful,” “majestic,” and “elegant” — and you must believe what they say because they say True Things. But the one thing that strikes me most about LOTR: FOTR, besides its seductively masterful and majestic elegance, is simply how utterly right it is. Books have been adapted well before, and will be again, but Jackson has gone more than a step beyond merely casting it flawlessly and sticking a camera on that cast as they speak words out of a novel. Movies very rarely — maybe never — capture the voice of an author, and its generally assumed that it isn’t really possible to do so, that prose and film are too different as mediums to allow for the intact translation from the one to the other. But Jackson has done it. I don’t pretend to know how. But there’s never a moment in all the three short hours of this film that rings false, nary a piece of dialogue about ancient evils or eleventy-first birthdays that sounds like it’s coming out of the mouth of anyone having anything to do with a Renaissance Festival. Not even the bits in Elvish. Not even the bits in Elvish spoken by Liv Tyler.

review of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, posted 12.19.01

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