Okay, before I start, I just want to be upfront: We are all SICK, as well as GEEKS. There, got that out of my system.
Originally Posted by alexisyael
I was actually quite disapointed with the casting of Frodo, for much the same reason. I know they compressed time in the movie (needed to do so for cinematic reasons) but in my head, Frodo should be older. While I like Elijah Wood a lot as an actor, he's just so young!
(Hobbits age differently than humans -- in the book, Frodo also turns 33 at Bilbo's 111th birthday party. That's the hobbit "coming of age, so similar to turning 18 in human years. The problem, tho is that in the book, Frodo doesn't leave the shire for for 17 more years! )
I always imagined Frodo to be around 30-40ish throughout the book. Obviously, he ages as the book goes along (that's a HUGE amount of time) but I hate that in the movie he is 19-20 the entire time. I think if you're going to compress the time, you should at least make Frodo closer to the age he ends up in the book. Just my opinion, of course, but it's one of my biggest nit-pics of the movie.
I disagree that this is a problem. Frodo was the human equivalent of 18 when he came into possession of the ring; therefore his external aging stops. He *should* still look the same as when he turned 18, even if he is in his 30s-40s (though the movie didn't stay true to this timeline anyhow). Just as Bilbo did not age outwardly, he remained unchanged in looks, remember; so too would Frodo not look any older than the day he obtained the ring.
God, I can't believe I am even discussing this. I love the internet!
I think Sam, Boromir, Gandalf, and Aragorn have translated best from book to screen. Aragorn as Stridor is strong, dirty (hey, I *like* the greasy hair....), a loner, and also not ready to take up his role. This is more apparent in the movies, I think, and perhaps one of the few improvements. Aragorn in the book carries the broken sword with him; how then is he reluctant to take up his role?
Boromir is exactly how I would picture him. A good man, a warrior, and so human. I love in the movie how he redeems himself.
Gandalf; Ian McKellan *is* Gandalf. His delivery of the lines, his facial expressions; he exudes this noble wizard. I love it!
Sam, Sam. Why didn't I have a boy to name after you!?!?!? Sam is a perfect hobbit. Noble, down to earth, with a love of the simple most meaningful things in life. I think he, too, is played well.
I love the books and I love the movies, but as very separate entities. I am rereading the books (for the fifth time), and I, too, love the emersion that occurs. Tolkien just is so thorough; you know exactly how everything should look, taste, and feel. He was amazing.
But I also feel, especially from watching the appendices of the DVDs, that everyone who worked on the project had a huge amount of love and respect for Tolkien. I find it amazing that that John Howe and Alan Lee were so involved; that the people who made the armour wore off their fingerprints after three years of making chain mail; all the thought that went into the script. I know there are some impurities (Frodo's weaknesses, for one), yet I also realize that they could not have made these movies, sold it to a studio, and had the budget for the incredible special effects if they had stayed completely true to the story.
And look how many people the movie drew in to the Middle Earth world! I had read the books twice before the movie came out; but I know many who weren't interested in them at all until after they viewed the films.
Oh, I own all the EEDVDs, I've seen everything (including the appendices) probably 10+ times, I've read the books five times (once when I was 12, then once again when I heard rumor that they were being made into a movie, twice aloud to my kids, once myself, and now I'm reading the four again). My favorite book and movie is the Fellowship. I've read the Silmarillion once; it was difficult to get into at first, and yet the creation story was amazing. My 9 year old is working her way through it right now; she can only read a couple of pages at a time; I think I'll read it aloud to her, instead. It helps to have some sort of reference book to consult alongside it; We have the Bestiary, and it helps emensely.
I haven't read anything else, but would like to. How about some recommendations?