The LOTR Movie Site
May 5, 2000
Pros and Cons of Jackson's LOTR
Tweig & Family
With all the controversy
over Jackson, changes to the story, portrayal of characters, etc, I figured that it would
be a good idea to try and balance the pros and cons of Jacksons movies.
Pro: No matter how
bad it is, it has to be better that Bakshi.
Pro: Jackson has basically no previous experience with
fantasy movies. I have often wondered if Bakshis Wizards (1977) did not
make him think LOTR would be easy.
Pro: The Cast.
Jackson has assembled probably the best cast anyone in Hollywood could have done. Anyone
who doubted Elijah Wood as Frodo, just see the preview!
Pro: Jackson is a
fan, not just a director hired to make a movie out of a book hes never heard of.
Pro: Hes not
afraid to make changes. This may sound like a bad thing but: if the Tolkien fans stay away
from the movies because theyre bad, the movies will bomb. Jackson is not stupid
enough to chance that.
Pro: Most of the changes are minor. Arwen being
exchanged for Glorfindel at the ford, Legolas has throwing knives (I love that one
Pro: Tom Bombadil is
gone (Im going to get a lot of heat for this one). Removing Tom has given PJ the
time to cover the history of the Ring, complete with the battle of Gil-Galad and Elendil
vs. Sauron at the Last Alliance.
Pro: As PJ says in
the preview Technology has caught with the incredible imagination Tolkien had. And
so, this is the time. Hes right folks! Just see the preview to see what
theyre capable of at WETA. And remember: we havent seen the Balrog, who should
be the most awesome being ever seen in a movie, and we havent seen the Jar-Jar Binks
Con: Jackson has
never worked on a movie of this scale (then again, who has?).
Warrior Princess. Actually I think weve all went a little overboard with this
as we have not seen the script. However, it is a problem, although not the one I have the
most trouble with (for that, see the next one).
Con: Elves at Helms
Deep. This really worries me. PJs filming scenes from the Second Age, the Last
Alliance of men and elves, and then goes and puts elves at Helms Deep? Some Last Alliance.
Again however, we have not seen the script.
hair. Its blond. This may sound like Im making a big deal out of nothing but:
Legolas is a Sindarin elf, an elf who never went to Valinor. Therefore he should have
black hair. Only the house of Finarfin, who was of Valinor, had blond hair. If PJ choose
to disregard that, what else might be changed?
Only time will tell in the
end, after weve all seen the movies. I firmly hope that the pros will outweigh the
cons when all is said and done.