January 2nd, 2003

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The Two Towers: first impressions...

No slash commentary here! This is Serious!

The unfortunate thing about seeing a movie of a story I know so well is that, at least the first time I see it, I can't help but compare every bit of dialogue and every bit of plot with the story to see what was changed. The especially unfortunate thing about Lord of the Rings in this regard is that the movie's hype machine keeps on churning out statements about how Jackson has hardly changed the story at all, only the bare minimum necessary to bring it to screen, blah blah blah. And although that isn't true for his version of Fellowship (Bakshi's version, with a screenplay written by Peter S. Beagle, is based more closely on Tolkien, say whatever you will about rotoscaping), for some reason I was holding out hope that Two Towers would contain fewer gratuitous changes.

I was wrong. It had more. And they kept pissing me off.

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And yet, some parts made me cry or otherwise blew me away emotionally.

So I kept swinging back and forth between "blown away" and "pissed off."

As with Fellowship, I'll probably like it better when I see it a second time and I can consider it as a movie on its own merits.
  • Current Music
    "The Prophecy" - Howard Shore - Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
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kitty update

She was dehydrated, and the pet hospital wanted to keep her overnight and give her intravenous fluids and a blood panel. They'll get the results in the morning. We visited her this afternoon. She seemed alert and happy to see us.
  • Current Music
    "The Council of Elrond" - Howard Shore - Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring