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EE: Return of the King

Finally got to sit down yesterday and watch the Extended Edition of The Return of the King. I think they made a great movie even better; the added scenes really fill in some holes, and Viggo finally works better as Aragorn for me. It's hard to explain, but it's like with the cuts I was at 85% Aragorn-moves-from-ranger-to-king; now, with the restored footage, it's 100% of the needed performance.

Also, my goodness gracious sakes alive, David Wenham and Miranda Otto needed more screen time together. I know the Houses of Healing were meant to be tender and loving, but they have fantastic screen chemistry! I'm not one to objectify, but even I noticed the heat, no matter how brief the interaction.

I still don't like Denethor's plunge. It was excessive and unnecessary, in my opinion.

Also, the extra material is well worth watching. I swear, I am more and more amazed by the truly Herculean effort of everyone who was part of the project: the wizards of WETA's workshop, the horse trainers and riders, and just the sheer coordination of communication between all parties involved is astounding. They earned those Oscars.

Additionally, I give even more kudos to Peter Jackson as a director. I really like the way he added to the ethereal presence of the elves with the use of dream/vision sequences to connect Arwen and Aragorn. So much better than their original concept of going all shieldmaiden with her, because that would have been so inconsistent with the character written by Tolkien, and would have detracted a bit, I think, from Eowyn's singular moment. I still get cringy with Arwen riding out in Fellowship, but the moment is mercifully brief, so I can live with it.

Nope, despite the recurring desire to kick Phillipa Boyens' butt over what she did to the end of the Two Towers, I have to admit that this was about as faithful a rendition as is likely possible in this day and age. The final third of the second movie is the only part I find really difficult to endure.

Now, finally, I can re-read the books. I've been holding off until the end of the EE release, so I could try to watch the films with as clear an eye as possible.

After Vegas, though. Everything is After Vegas. :)

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pointedview
Jan. 10th, 2005 10:24 pm (UTC)
We're at Caesar's, sugar. We'll be in the new tower, assuming the online reservations are good. :) Where's the haunted house? Any don't-miss recommendations (everyone on the planet has told me the fountains at the Bellagio), or avoid-at-all-costs warnings?
jasondemotte
Jan. 10th, 2005 11:51 pm (UTC)
Didn't manage to make it to scope out Unfortnetly I didn't do too much while I was there(I said two nights, but really it was a day and a half as the first night I checked in close to midnight so I went right to bed), mainly just walked up and down the strip.

The haunted house is actually a church. It's called the Creepshow and used to be a gothic styled cathederal that got bought out and turned into a casino. It's uses the haunted house theme like how Exaclibur uses the medieval one. This is presuming that it's still there, Vegas changes on a semi-regular basis and what's there one day is gone the next.

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