Sunday, August 14th, 2005
Now that I have a film category (should have placed it long ago), here goes.
My daughter, K, and her friend, C, and I finally had the change to watch the “longer” version of P. Jackson’s LOTR last night. Took a while. But we left the final film wondering at some of the extended version inserts. Faramir and Eowyn have their time, but the nod came off a little strange. After all her looks and urgings for Aragorn, she and Faramir exchange glances and poof “sense of balance,” or, rather, love over some amount of time, judging by the change in light scene to scene. The event transition in the film seemed more than a day. Cut then to Pippin finding Merry in the gloom of battle. The experience of these two events had a disjointed feel, however. I couldn’t tell if this signaled flashback, parallel time, or progressive sequence. The danger of all this has to do with relieving tension. We’re supposed to feel glad in the balance between relationships: Aragorn gets his and Eowyn gets hers. Eowyn loses then gains something. Of all the three films, I felt that the Return of the King was the most dangerous to complete because it is, after all, the resolving film. Still liked it very much.