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For a film that was launched 20 years in the past, The Fellowship of the Ring — and the whole thing of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy — nonetheless appears to be like wonderful. The visuals maintain up, with every little thing from the Balrog to the fiery wastes of Mordor showing actual. It is really easy to immerse your self within the movies’ model of Center Earth, and Jackson and his crew’s capability to so utterly notice J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy world is the trilogy’s best achievement.
The issue with all this visible excellence is that it makes one weird sequence — and one shot specifically — stick out like a sore thumb.
Somewhat over an hour into The Fellowship of the Ring, Frodo (Elijah Wooden) is wounded by a Nazgûl’s Morgul blade at Weathertop, so Arwen (Liv Tyler) brings him to Rivendell for some much-needed Elvish therapeutic. As Frodo dangers succumbing to the blade’s poison, the movie strikes right into a dreamlike sequence of cross dissolves exhibiting Rivendell, Frodo, and Elrond (Hugo Weaving). It additionally contains this actually bizarre shot:
The sequence solely lasts 15 seconds, however it’s jarring. Up till this level, we have been watching a fantasy epic unfold. Arwen actually simply summoned a flood of watery horses to scrub the Nazgûl downriver. The film follows that badass sequence by taking a tough left right into a ’90s music video.
It is a mini fever dream, which I’ll grudgingly admit is sensible in context. This imagery mimics Frodo’s disorientation and locations the viewers in an analogous frame of mind. Sadly, it simply appears to be like far cornier than something we have seen in The Fellowship of the Ring — off-putting, even. Having clear Elrond gaze immediately into our eyes whereas clear Frodo drifts away into dreamland is nothing in need of surreal.
That strangeness is the issue: The Lord of the Rings trilogy is so good as a result of it feels so actual. Center Earth is totally actualized due to the unimaginable quantity of element put into each side of those motion pictures, from costumes to props to visible results. A second as weird as this breaks up the visible language of The Lord of the Rings, and in doing so breaks our immersion.
The excellent news is that the phantasm is not damaged for lengthy. The film continues with Gandalf’s (Ian McKellen) escape from Isengard, and never lengthy after that we get the enduring scene that’s the Council of Elrond. Inside 5 minutes, clear Elrond’s intense gaze is totally gone from my reminiscence.
The Lord of the Rings trilogy is so good as a result of it feels so actual. A second as weird as this breaks up the visible language of The Lord of the Rings, and in doing so breaks our immersion.
Nonetheless, each time I re-watch The Lord of the Rings, I am thrown off by the cheesiness of those 15 seconds. These are the identical motion pictures that revolutionized CGI with Gollum (Andy Serkis) and painstakingly constructed weapons, armor, and miniatures of total cities. All three movies deservedly received the Academy Award for Greatest Visible Results.
With all that in thoughts, these 15 seconds of strangeness merely aren’t as much as par with the remainder of the flicks.
Within the grand scheme of issues, this sequence would not make an enormous dent in The Fellowship of the Ring‘s impression. Possibly I am going to even develop to find it irresistible. In spite of everything, a number of the trilogy’s cornier moments have change into a few of my favourite elements of the movies (that are, in flip, my favourite motion pictures of all time). I’m totally conscious that the Fellowship’s reunion on the finish of The Return of the King is tacky, however I bawl each time I see the hobbits bouncing round and hugging one another.
And what concerning the many, many memes The Lord of the Rings has spawned? It is practically inconceivable to not snigger at Legolas’s (Orlando Bloom) cry of “they’re taking the hobbits to Isengard!” or Boromir’s (Sean Bean) assertion that “one does not simply walk into Mordor.” These are moments that must be severe, however their lives past the movies make it laborious to not chuckle at them, even in context. With its corny visuals and music video vibe, it is not so laborious to imagine that Frodo’s weird introduction to Rivendell might attain meme standing sooner or later.
Till that day comes, clear Elrond continues to hang-out my desires, and my Lord of the Rings rewatches, if just for 15 seconds at a time.