16690tolkien studies review of tolkien on film
- Jun 12, 2006I was somewhat taken aback by the rather negative review, just read
yesterday, of "Tolkien on Film" in the new Tolkien Studies vol.3. The
reviewer, Kristin Thompson, is especially critical of Bratman and Croft
for allegedly failing to understand the critical importance (financial,
that is) of making the films appeal to modern audiences--this being the
rationale for most of Jackson's changes in character and plot. On this
point (of several that I would argue with) she makes the unquestioned,
unstated assumption that the films would NOT have appealed to modern
audiences had the characters had the heroic stature intended and
portrayed by Tolkien. We'll never know.
Has anyone else a reaction to this review?
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