Saturday, December 20, 2003
The Return of the King
The day after my family got into town, we all went to see Peter Jackson's latest and final installment of The Lord of the Rings, which I enjoyed. However, I found myself at times wondering if Jackson's a fag. I know, I know, he's married and has kids. But a couple scenes in this film were downright gay, or at least came across that way to me. One scene (the fellowship's one-by-one arrival to frolic in & around Frodo's bed) was so bad that I leaned over to Hollie and whispered, "SNL could have a field day with this."
I also think Jackson's Gollum nearly ruined the films altogether. Maybe he tried too hard, with the actor and his suit and the CGI and that digitized voice. I just know I can't stand what he did with Gollum.
Despite these complaints, I enjoyed The Return of the King overall. I also appreciate the unfathomable amount of work Jackson put into making his trilogy, and I would even go so far as to call it a huge success - defined in terms of swelling Tolkien's popularity for another generation or two, which popularity will go a long way toward securing his position as a classic author in the literary canon. And in the final analysis, I enjoyed the movies and look forward to seeing the extended versions sometime.
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