'Frodo, Pippin and Sam made their way back to the parlor. There was no light...'
First off, let me comment on casting. I love all the casting to date, I am
truly worried about Sean Astin, but if PJ believes him to be 'Sam' then I'm
with him all the way.
Now just imagine this chapter. This entire scene consists of confirmed
cast members! I think that's kinda neat.
So we have a major introduction of Strider here (no Sean Bean, boo hoo
:( ) this is another one of those expository chapters where the characters
move little, but the story moves along tremendously.
We learn here, in this little room in Bree, that the Enemy is on the
move. Riders have been seen in the area and that Gandalf has gone missing.
This is terrible news for our Hobbits, but a letter from Gandalf and the
appearance of the mysterious Strider offering his help does ease the load....
I've never done this before, but I want to answer an email question a
Ringer sent in to me. I wouldn't normally do this here, but it ties in with
this section of my rant.
The question I want the answer ... deals with the ordering of the
scenes in the movie. Is PJ going to keep it like the books or splice them
together? ... Well, in the movie are they going to keep it like that, or are
they going to change from scene to scene, keeping up with both stories at the
So, we have a letter from Gandalf and a story from Strider saying that
Gandalf has gone missing. We also have a small background on where Gandalf has
been. Should PJ show this as a scene in itself? The real question is, should
there be 2 shorelines at any given time? My answer is yes. But not this time,
this is Strider's scene and should remain so.
We all remain hopeful that Townsend can pull off this performance. And
until I see him in one of his films, I will be as doubtful as the rest of
And then we have that neat little scene with Merry and the Dark Breath.
That's fairly cool. We can cut to that whole scene just after Strider and
Frodo leave the Prancing Pony Tavern. That would be a rather cool scene, the
dark of night, the chill in the air, Merry walking in the dark, and suddenly
feels the cold grip of darkness, I'd love to see allot of fog coming from the
actor mouth, to make the scene look really cold. He turns to look over his
shoulder, (storyboards coming soon! I promise!) He sees a Rider, slipping into
the shadows...Ah! What a great scene! I'd love to see heavy blues to make the
scene very dark and icy, you'd almost want to scream. Get out of there Merry!
As for Frodo et all, the decision to make Strider come along must be included
in the film, and not just 'assumed'. It must be dealt with the very same manner
as the books because all the doom and gloom that Gandalf spoke of, all the
trouble these Hobbits have gone through, and they're suddenly going to trust
this stranger? It won't come across on film that easily; it'll have to be
This is the hard part about turning books into movies. I wrote something
like that to a fan that asked me about book to movie projects. It's a little
harder, because a movie plot has to be 3d, things you see for the first time
will be remembered, whereas a book you can write something in the beginning
and only later on refer back to it. Films are like a 3d box, all the spaces
need to be filled, and constantly refereed to. Backwards, forewords and in
between. We certainly don't want people watching the film and saying 'why did
they do that?' or 'oh sure, yeah like you're going to trust him'. All this comes
across in the books very well thanks to Tolkiens writing we do not question the
fact that Frodo trusts Strider, and we shouldn't have to in the movie either.