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Increasingly annoyed

The more I hear about the Saruman cut, the angrier I become. So much so that I actually bothered to go to the official site and use the Feedback link at the lower right of the main page. I wrote the following.

I was appalled to hear of the removal of the Saruman sequence in the theatrical release of Return of the King. I am 33 years old, have read the books more times than I can count, and well before this movie was a twinkling in anyone's eye . . . well, I won't belabor a point. I'll just say that Tolkien's work should not be compromised to the point of entirely removing the conclusion of this character.

I make no apologies for the arrogance of attempting to tell you how to edit your film, because without Tolkien's work, you would have no film.

What your released version of the Two Towers did to Faramir's character was reprehensible, but at least the character was still in the film. Removing Saruman's end from the theatrical release leaves a key plot thread unfinished and unresolved. Please reconsider your decision.

And this quote from an article in the Boston Globe linked from TheOneRing.net hacks me off as well:

"We've got an even bigger battle in the third film than we did in Two Towers," Osborne boasts. Principal shooting was finished in December 2000, but reshoots this summer were tailored to give more screen time to popular actors like heartthrob Orlando Bloom, who plays the elf Legolas. "We wanted to make sure we had some great 'Orlando moments.' "

People, this is not friggin' Titanic, where teenage girls helped push the movie to record box office revenues by seeing it again and again for Leonardo DiCaprio's sake. This is one of the most beloved books of all time; a story, a journey, treasured by people all over the world.



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Nov. 15th, 2003 11:48 am (UTC)
I never wanted to see Saruman die in ROTK, though, not the way Jackson was going to do it.

He was never going to die at the *right place* -- in the Scouring of the Shire. This way, at least, my imagination can paint Saruman's death.
Nov. 15th, 2003 12:40 pm (UTC)
I know . . . about the Scouring of the Shire, I mean -- and yes, I agree with you that it should have been done at the right place.

But this action seems internally inconsistent not just with the book, but with the movies themselves. I have long since given up on the films mirroring the books, but I at least expect a good script for any movie to resolve plot lines and remain true to the path it has set forth. I mean, the character was key in both the first and second parts: now, there's just no resolution for Saruman at all? It doesn't make sense.

When characters just sorta disappear into thin air because we've run out of celluloid we're getting into bad movie territory, and LotR deserves better.
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