June 26, 2001
Tom is Gone... Hooray!
The debate goes on and on and on.. will Jackson make a good
movie.. won't Jackson make a good move? Will the characters be how Tolkien wrote them...
won't they be how Tolkien wrote them? Week after week the fires are kept burning with the
debate. Well, seeing as so many people have had their view, it's about time Dante brought
his opinions to the table.
Firstly the cutting of Tom B. What more can I say except.. good! Besides the fact that the
Barrows would be pretty cool, and yes finding the sword, blah, blah, blah... for the
majority of the cinema going world Tom would be seen as a pointless character with no role
expansion within the movie, or the other two that will follow. Instant reaction: what a
pointless section. Now, don't get me wrong the character of Tom is not pointless, I
understand that, but would anyone who has not read Tolkien?
And that's the whole point, surely? Jackson is setting out to make a movie... okay so it's
three movies, but hey-ho. A lot of time, money and effort is going into these movies, and
so the studio is going to expect a return on them (with profits for each getting larger
with each subsequent release, eg, The Two Towers will reap more than FotR). If Jackson was
to include a hippy chap sprouting poetry when the majority of the audience is waiting for
battles, Ringwraiths, and the much anticipated appearance of the Balrog in Moira, then one
would suspect that the films would lose appeal. The majority of people won't be going to
see how 'Jackson potrays the Legend', they'll be wanting to see a damn fine MOVIE, using
the best source material possible.
Besides which, the BRILLIANT BBC adaptation missed out Tom B, and he wasn't missed.
So, to wrap up rant number one: Tom B. is gone!
Calloh-Callay! The movie-going audience can rest easy in their beds, and look forward to
the movie event.