Most gripes that LOTR fans seem to have with the movies seem to be the same sort of gripe that people have whenever a book is made into a movie - namely that over half the book was edited out. There are many good reasons for why film makers are forced to edit out content - but it sure seems to cause a lot of heart-ache for the fans.
So I was wondering - do any of you have any "Reverse Gripes"? That is, was there anything in the movies that was BETTER then the book? Was there any change that the film makers made that IMPROVED the story?
No "gripes", please. I'm looking for "reverse gripes" only.
I thought his clothing matched Tolkien's description quite adequately....
Depending on how one interprets the scene, the Balrog could indeed have originally had wings....I forget just what was said on the actual topic, although I know it was discussed somewhere in this Forum....
Meh....I really enjoyed the sacrifices of Gandalf and Boromir in FotR. They represented rather closely how I'd imagined the scenes....
Ultimately, though, I didn't "prefer" anything in the films. I simply can't ignore the Hollywoodism that was introduced into them, thus degrading their cultural/literary significance.
I like the part where Bilbo has trouble leaving the ring behind when he leaves home. He can't bring himself to set it on the mantel place or on a table. With hands trembling, he only manages to drop the ring near the front door. Not daring to look back at the ring - he steps out the door, and walks way, looking like he has been relieved of a heavy burden.
Soon afterward, Gandalf moves toward the ring, but (despite the fact that he is a powerful wizard) he dares not touch it. He looks at it with trepidation. He leaves the ring there until Frodo enters. Frodo picks it up without a problem.
That is not how it happened in the book - but I liked it a lot.
Cutting out all of that Tom Bombadill crap was also a definite improvement.
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I think it's hard to argue that having the Hobbits, especially Frodo and Sam, being relatively young was a plus in the movie. In the book, they are young adults (as hobbit's go- 33 at the stories beginning). What work's in a book doesn't always work on screne- and young, Innocent, dew-eyed hobbit's just works better.