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Okay. Found in my email today a serious comment from one of my relatives, about why she didn't entirely like the FOTR movie.

She had read the books, including The Hobbit, years ago, and finally saw the film upon my persistent prodding. Now she says she liked The Hobbit better, because "they were creative in their means of escape or venturing on," whereas in LOTR, "the solution was too often fighting." So, basically, she's saying "Why does it have to be so violent?"

To which I can only answer: Umm, hello? It's about a WAR. Yes, a war. While detaining your enemy for a chat and a riddle game may have worked with Gollum, I somehow don't think it would've stopped the Ringwraiths. I can just see the hobbits and Strider trying that one: "Aw, come on, scary Black Riders, let's just talk it out. No? Still coming at me with a sword? Well, shucks...I don't want to have to do anything violent...please just stop. Please? Okay? 'Cause I don't want to have to fight or anything."

I mean, really. Duh.
Just had to get that off my chest.

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mollyringle
Oct. 21st, 2002 11:50 am (UTC)
Yeah, there's going to be even more of that nasty fighting in the 2nd and 3rd installments, so I guess she'll be displeased with the end result. Really, it's all about the characters. It's not like I watch FOTR over and over just to see Aragorn cut off Lurtz's head.

And it's just as Faramir said (and I apply this to life as well as to LOTR films): "War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all; but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend..." A good fellow, Faramir. Looking forward to meeting him in the second film.