This whole DM of the Rings project has just about ruined the movies for me. I loved the movies when I saw them the first time, but now that I’ve stepped through them frame-by-frame, and listened to sections of dialog repeatedly while at the same time reading the books, I must say the movies have begun to grate. Case in point:
I’ve come across the scene in Return of the King where Legolas effortlessly drinks Gimli under the table. I could barely get through it. Is Peter Jackson some kind of Dwarf-hater? What would possess someone to write this scene, which goes against everything we know about both Dwarves and Elves. (Aside from the preposterous idea that an Elf could win such a contest, and that he would stoop to doing so, are we to believe that Legolas has lived for thousands of years and has never heard
of drinking games?) Why not take out this ham-fisted scene and instead have them make the bargain to return to Fangorn and Helm’s Deep once their journeys are over? It would have made both characters deeper, and would have pleased fans of the book instead of offending them.
If I posted gripes like the one above every time the movie got on my nerves then we would have gripe updates more often than DM of the Rings.
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