10896Re: [mythsoc] Outstanding article
- Jan 2, 2004I disagree with the writer's statement that Jackson uses Merry and Pippin, in
this third film, "almost exclusively for comic relief." I find the scene in
which Pippin swears fealty to Denethor, although Denethor proceeds to mock him
and Gandalf acts impatient, to be quite moving: J-Pippin is asserting his
own dignity, the fact that he has gifts to offer, even though other people
discount him. Nor does the conversation between Gandalf and Pippin about death
come across as "comic relief" (although it does distort Tolkien's words). And
although it's true that Eomer mocks Merry's prowess in battle, Eowyn hotly
defends him, and since we're meant to side with her, clearly we're meant to side
with him, too.
I thought the film actually did quite a nice job of capturing the hobbits'
sense (which is described in the book) of being very small actors on a very
large stage. I suspect that by the time the film got to this point, the Boston
Globe writer was too influenced by other disappointments to perceive the
non-comic emotional overtones of the Merry and Pippin scenes.
I remain far more troubled by the use of Gimli as persistent comic relief.
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