March 24, 2001
Bakshi's 'Lord of
the Rings' Review
This sensitive adaptation of
Tolkien's epic fantasy classic skilfully maintains the spirit of the book while adding the
energy, pace and atmosphere of cinema.
Filming a book
is always tricky - but filming Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" is nearly
impossible. It's not just that recreating the magical realm of Middle Earth requires huge
budgets and would terrify even an elite special effects team; more than that, it's a fan's
book - regarded with near-sacred awe by devotees - and however hard you try, you risk
offending the very people the film's aimed at. It's no wonder that despite buying the
rights in the late 50s, it took Disney nearly 30 years to make the film - the surprise is
how good the final version is.
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