Director: Peter Jackso
The almost universal accolades the film has won dare you to view it other than in a fawning manner. But, hey, what is Elijah Wood's face doing all the time as Frodo Baggins? Why is he so pain-stricken, aloof and downright yielding at times? Where is J.R.R. Tolkien's Frodo, the guy who combined the gumption of a medieval peasant with the dash of a Star Wars warrior?
For all the hype surrounding an authentic depiction of the 'Book of the century', Director Peter Jackson's take on Lord of the Rings is a clever ruse played on the audience. Often seeming like a robust film, it actually tones down Tolkien's fierceness and dark power. The fellowship (of hobbits, dwarves, elves and humans) which sets out to save Middle Earth from the Lord of Mordor's evil power is full of heroic courage and troubling ambiguities. But they seem more like characters straight out of a good moral tale—they draw back too easily from...