Having finally seen the film, I was wondering what everyone else (who saw it opening night or earlier) thought of it. What parts did you like most? What parts didn't work so well for you? Dying to see the second movie? Did you read the book?
Let's try to keep the spoilers to a minimum, though, for the sake of the poor saps who haven't seen it yet and haven't read the book.
As for my opinion, I'm a little awed and kind of at a loss. Very impressed by the visuals; every place they went looked absolutely real. The action scenes were amazingly tense, and the sense of peril from the Ring and especially the Eye of Sauron were ever-present. Acting was dead-on perfect, all around. The story diverged in numerous ways from the book, sometimes cutting something out or moving a conversation to another scene, but it worked.
One of the things that impressed me most was the way the Ring was a character unto itself. It would change its size, or whisper. Most of the time when the Ring would whisper, you could hear the words that are etched on its band--in the tongue of Mordor. (Keep an ear open for "ash nazg", a phrase repeated often in that couplet of the Black Speech.) Sometimes it would speak a character's name to lure them, as it does with Aragorn near the end of the film. Seeing it on the table at the Council of Rivendell, it's clear how this thing is a peril even to lay eyes on. And when the weight of it makes Frodo lean out over the mirror of Galadriel, it truly seems as if the Ring itself is straining to touch the Eye in the surface of the mirror. Amazing.
The views we're afforded of Gollum are wonderful too; he'll be interesting to see in full in the next film. The balrog was stunning, especially in the way his weapons were made of fire.
More thoughts, anyone? Let's hear 'em.
Dec 20 2001, 7:07 am