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  •  100% on Sam. (0+ / 0-)

    Great movies from fair (Pasternak), pulpy (Puzo), or even less (Benchley) high quality books happens all the time, though. (Imho, of course.) Great movies from great books? Not that often, and there's a good reason for it. Great writing and concepts leave little room for improvement when treating it for the screen; iow, there's nowhere to go but down. When you're working from (in some sources) the best work of fiction in the 20th Century, that's a longer drop than most. I would certainly say that LotR, the movies, are on par with either Zhivago and Jaws, although to be honest, I am not a huge Lean fan (sacrilege, I know). The Godfather (movie) is one of the best ever made, as most agree--what does compare favorably to that, really? I am not saying that LotR movies are in the top 10 (or 20, or 30) movies of all time, but I would put them in the top 100. Most lists have things like Forrest Gump in the top 100, after all, and many have Titanic, for chrissakes.

    •  Glad for the conversation (1+ / 0-)
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      Although as I think I made clear I do not share your opinion about the quality of the LoTR movies. And, to also make this clear, I wouldn't expect - and I agree with your assertion - that for the most part it is impossible to make a movie as great as a great book. Look at all the Moby Dick movies, e.g, which are fun to watch, but have in general 1/50th the depth of the novel. I just thought that the movie itself could have at least tried. See the contrast between the meeting of Faramir and Frodo in the book, and Faramir and Frodo in the movie. Does Peter Jackson have even the slightest idea of what Tolkien was trying to say - a theme he repeats over and over about the nobility of rejecting absolute power because absolute power corrupts absolutely? It would seem, no. It didn't seem that the character of Faramir was developed all that much in the movie at all, and that kind of bugs me, because he is one of my favorite - and best written - characters in the novel.
         Anyway, this is an interesting dialogue; I don't hold it against you that you are not a David Lean fan - taste is not something that should be vigorously disputed - and I share your disdain for essentially shallow movies like Gump or Titanic I just think LoTR movies have more in common with those efforts than with the Godfather, Jaws, Citizen Kane, Doctor Zhivago, or 2001.

      An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head. -- Eric Hoffer

      by MichiganChet on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 05:50:22 AM PDT

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