The LOTR Movie Site
March 13, 2000
Rantings of a Fantasy & Sci-Fi WhoreGrant
Many people have been writing articles about how Peter Jackson is changing the Rings
Trilogy too much in his screenplay adaptation, and that he is casting actors/actresses who
will not portray their favorite characters as well as they deserve to be portrayed. To
these people, I say ... YOU HAVEN'T EVEN SEEN THE MOVIE YET. Love it or hate it on its own
merits, instead of pre-judging it.
As far as I have seen, any details about how Arwen's role has been 'expanded' are only
rumors at this point, especially the parts about her being a sort of
"warrior-princess". I will admit, I have not really been impressed with Liv
Tyler in any of her movies which I have seen. But she is young, and a lot depends on the
director and/or the script. As PlayBumSp1 pointed out, Star Wars was great even with
(mostly) mediocre actors. Peter Jackson is a LOTR fan too, so have a little faith.
For the most part, I am impressed with the caliber of actors who are in this LOTR trilogy.
I cannot think of an actor better suited to play to play Frodo than Elijah Wood; and from
all reports, Ian McKellan's Gandalf is nothing short of amazing. So I am willing to give
the benefit of the doubt to PJ and his casting directors concerning their judgement of
which actors will fit certain roles.
I have been a fan of fantasy and science fiction since I was very young -- both books AND
movies. I call myself a Fantasy/Sci-Fi Whore, because even if a movie looks like it might
be terrible, I will probably still see it -- because I love those genres so much. This has
led to a number of disappointments over the years. But I keep trying, and hoping. I have
always tried to maintain what they call a "Suspension of Disbelief" when I see
these movies, all the way from Sinbad (my first fantasy movies) to more recent movies like
The Matrix. This means I tried to immerse myself in the movie, ignoring small and (to me)
unimportant inconsistencies, and concentrating on enjoying the movie as a whole. As a
little boy, I was totally willing to believe that those were real leprechauns in 'Darby
O'Gill and the Little People'. As an adult, I am willing to wait until the
'Fellowship Of The Ring' comes out before I decide whether I like the necessary changes
done to bring the story to the big screen.
So to those purists who will not accept anything but a perfect LOTR adaptation -- feel
free to raise sufficient money to allow your complete version of LOTR to be made. When you
do, I will probably see that too. (I said I'd see just about anything, didn't I?) But I
don't expect it to be as good as the Peter Jackson version. I've seen his movies;
I've never seen one with your names in the credits.