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Saturday, May 09, 2015

THE LORD OF THE RINGS FILMS: THE ACTING

THE  LORD  OF  THE  RINGS  FILMS:  THE  ACTING
 
 
By  Forrest  W.  Schultz

 
 
 
     My post titled "CHRISTOLOGICAL ANALOGIES OF THE LORD OF THE RINGS" has received more page views than any other post on this blog.  It was posted here on July 1, 2010, and is a verbatim  copy of my article which was published in the December 2002 issue of The Chalcedon Report,   which came out on the same day the second Tolkien film arrived in the theatres.  The book is excellent, one of the very best works of literature ever written.  Please read it if you have not yet done so.
 
     But the acting in the film was very poor, with the sole exception of the portrayal of Lady Galadriel (The Elf Queen) which was "spot on".  None of the other characters were portrayed correctly.  For instance, when I first saw what was supposed to be Gandalf, I said to myself, that is not Gandalf -- it is a guy trying to act like Gandalf.  Ditto with Frodo --   that was not really Frodo:  it was an actor trying to act like Frodo.  Ditto with Gollum, etc etc.
 
     I highly recommend reading Tolkien's Lord of the Rings.  I do NOT recommend viewing the film.  The only good the film is doing is informing people about the book, which hopefully some of them will read as a result. 

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