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The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring [Special Extended Edition]

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not for Tolkien Purists

    Many people emphasize that this extended version is for true Tolkien fans because it includes more scenes from the book that were omitted in the theatrical release, thus elaborating more on Tolkien's original plot. This much is true. However, for every element that is added from Tolkien, there are several truly awful scenes that serve to further the vision of Peter Jackson, a vision that contradicts that of Tolkien. For instance, there are two new scenes with Aragorn where he makes it clear that he wants nothing to do with being King of Gondor. Tolkien was very clear that Aragorn was never in denial about his identity, but was instead awaiting the fullness of time to fulfill his destiny. Another example is a scene from the book which is added that destroys the flow of the movie. The problem is not the scene from the book, but that Jackson's rearrangement of the plot makes it almost impossible to reinsert this into the movie without destroying the impact of other scene. I am talking about scene where the elves are passing to the grey havens. In the original movie there is a voice over of Bilbo saying ''...and if you don't keep your feet, there's no telling where you may be swept off to''. As this is spoken the scene changes to a beautiful twighlight landscape, and then a black writer ominously appears in the right of the scene. The extended version however has the voiceover occur over a scene change to Sam cooking dinner for Frodo.Then we see the elves traveling. The aforementioned black rider over landscape scene does not occur until later. Jackson was forced to do this by his rearrangement of Tolkiens plot. The black rider landscape scene occurs in the movie to set up the scene where the Hobbits are hiding from the rider under a tree root. In the book the elf scene comes after this one but Jackson couldn't do this because his elf scene has two Hobbits witnessing it, while his black rider scene has four Hobbits, thus forcing him to reverse the order of the events in the book, and also destroy the impact of the movie. This goes to show that Jackson did not simply edit the movie to make it work better as a movie, because the original story would have worked better, and the impact of the scene order could have been preserved. Thidly there is a problem with the expanded Gimli scenes. One has Aragorn scolding Gimli for being rude to the elves. First, this does not happen in the book, as Gimli is very respectful, and second, this makes Jackson's Aragorn even less likeable, as the elves were rude to Gimli first. Overall I would say that the extended edition is interesting, but for every element that is added from the original, there is an irritating addition from a pretentious director. By the way, there is no way that a movie can remain true to the spirit of the novel when the motivations of the characters are completely changed, e.g. Aragorn.

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