First off, I disagree that
Tolkiens trilogy is a dark and depressing story, inflated with gruesome and gory
battles. Much of it is happy. "The Fellowship of the Ring" especially. It's a
very serious topic, but that doesn't nearly make it a dark book. Jackson has already said
that the movies will be rated PG-13. What more do you want? Just because a movie has an
"adult" rating doesnt make it better. LotR has no cursing in the
conventional sense, and certainly no sex. The battles are realistic, and, yes, bloody at
times. Just because a movie has realistic battles doesnt mean that its an
Secondly, Tolkiens trilogy was written for all ages. Perhaps
it is intended for adults, but nearly all the Tolkien fans I know are under the age of 21.
Just because it well written and longer certainly doesnt justify saying its an
"adult" novel. "The Hobbit" was intended for children. I suppose that
means adults dont enjoy reading it? Of course not.
Books are different from movies, as Im sure you know. When
Tolkein describe an Orc getting killed (which he didnt do in grotesque detail), it
was much more simple than showing it on a screen. When youre reading much of the
words you articulate are left to your imagination, whereas with a film its
"in-your-face-gore". There is a huge difference.
Lets face it, young kids will not want to see these films.
Teenagers and adults will. A PG-13 rating will be perfect. It will allow realistic
battles, while not over-doing it into an R rated film. Yes, PJ does want to appeal to a
wider audience. Whats wrong with that? Just because you cant have your
slash-everyone-in-the-whole-dang-joint film doesnt mean it wont be good. If
you want that, see "Saving Private Ryan".