Ok, we finally saw it last night. The Quick Review -
Big Harold and I loved it. We knew it wasn't an exact story
telling of Tolkien, but it felt familiar, and it was a great
movie! We'll be going again and again... The detailing was
excellent. The changes we could live with. It wasn't completely
faithful to the book, but it gave us a strong essence of the
book. We don't know Elvish, so can't comment on it. It was nice
to see them occassionally speaking another language, since
language is so essential to Tolkien. I noticed Bilbo did sing the
Road Goes Ever On as he toddled off from his house. We liked the
Balrog, just enough detail to be real, but not defined enough
that we could say how evil he was, just that he was evil. Didn't
see any of those dancing elves we saw in a trailer, did I miss
them? They had the maps show up in some interesting places, nice
Moose, who is a young 12 year old, was bored. He wanted nothing
to do with it. He did what he could to avoid watching, but
watched huge parts of it anyway. Claims he doesn't want to see it
again. That might change as he gets older. Jenevieve would
occassionally be that way too.
Could blither on about what I liked, since I didn't not like very
much. Does that make sense?
Any path, I didn't expect a paragraph by paragraph movie, ala
Harry Potter,. I was hoping for a familiar story with changes
because Peter Jackson is telling the same story in a different
medium with different time and story telling restrictions than a
1137 page book (including all the indices and appendixes...).
Tolkien didn't write with a movie script in the future, ala JK
Rowling, so that was not unexpected. I did feel like I had
visited Middle Earth and heard a part of the story I have liked
for a long time. That's what I wanted, and it happened.
Now we have to wait a whole year for Two Towers? Oh, bother.
Open, Open, Open...