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John E. Hudgens
Robert E. Bean,
This fascinating documentary takes us in Tolkien's footsteps and investigates the landscapes and buildings, the places and names that helped shape Middle Earth. Sir Ian Holm narrates this fascinating exploration into an imaginary world.
The great events of the war of the ring are about to unfold and the priority for Strider and Gandalf is to keep the Ring secret. Sauron is preparing to unleash his armies and Gollum is creeping around Middle Earth with crucial knowledge of the Ring's location. He must be found. Written by
I will start commenting the movie with the cast. I was pleasantly surprised to see that Gandalf was interpreted in such a good manner by an actor that also looked like Ian McKellen. I loved the Gandalf from the Peter Jackson's interpretation of the books so i really hoped they will pull it of in The Hunt for Gollum too.
Gollum was a very big surprise. I know from the extended editions of the movie that Gollum was such an effort to bring on screen that i feared they will use a lot of bad CG Gollum that will make me close the movie. Except for the ending scene were the lip sync isn't well made Gollum was very fun to see and hear. Yes and hear because in 90% of the cases the voice resembles with the one of Andy Serkins. I laughed when Gollum sings in the bag on the back of Aragorn.
Aragorn was a bit of disappointment to me because i know no other Aragorn will beat or come close to Viggo Mortensen. His lines were also a bit weird in some places, making him look a bit dumb.
The orcs look like they were borrowed from Weta. They are perfect. No comments. Congrats! Visual effects are in some parts really well implemented and in other places very kitchy. One thing i didn't understand was the overuse of some bad CG ring shots. They also gave an amateur look to the movie, since they didn't even compare to the ring shots in the PJ movie. A ring on a black background rotating isn't much of a shot.Some flames could have been used there or something to make it interesting.All of this is excused since this is completely made for free by people in their spear time.
From the behind the scenes movie we can see how much work and dedication came into making this so no one can argue with the fact that this is a very well made movie in the conditions given. I really don't understand how the director gathered 160 people to work for free, and also where did he get the time since he also had a day job, working at Framestore.
Bottom line, this is a must have/see for any LotR fan, so i am hopping for a way to download the HD version. Congratulations to everyone involved and too bad there are no more LotR fan movies. Star Wars has plenty of them. booooh! :)
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