ROTK National Geographic 'Beyond the Movie' Review|
Xoanon @ 8:15 pm EST
Ringer Lisalas writes this great review from National Geographic's 'Beyond the Movie' special DVD.
I rented the National Geographic Beyond the Movie: Return of the King special on DVD. I thought I'd give y'all a run-down on what the special is about.
It is narrated by John Rhys-Davies (Gimli). There are interview clips with most of the cast (Wood, Weaving, Rhys-Davies, Astin, Boyd, McKellan, Bloom - who is wearing an odd striped knit hat!, Lee, Wenham), as well as clips of Peter Jackson and Philippa Boyens.
Tons of scenes from FOTR and TT are included, which disappointed me a little, since I was hoping for more of ROTK. There were some ROTK scenes as well, which I will detail in a minute.
The premise of the special is to relate universal themes from the film to persons from history. The historical persons compared to LOTR are: William Wallace, Queen Elizabeth I and her advisors Robert Dudley and William Cecil, Theodore Roosevelt, Rasputin, Ben Franklin, Lewis & Clark, King Henry, Tolkien's own experience in WW1, George E. Pickett (Civil War battle at Cemetary Ridge), Hitler & Churchill, Hilary & Tenzing (Mt. Everest), and Hanson & Perry (North Pole). I found the comparisons to be quite interesting, even if some were a bit on the simplistic side. (Example - Queen Elizabeth is purported to have been in love with Robert Dudley and the comparison to LOTR is that Aragorn is also in love.) The Rasputin part was particularly interesting, in my opinion.
One interesting idea from Professor Michael Drout, who is identified as a Tolkien expert, is that the friendships formed in LOTR are those that can only be formed by facing death together. I thought that was interesting and perhaps this is why so many people have a hard time believing in such strong friendships, even love, between men. Very few people today have faced the kinds of situations that the characters in LOTR faced.
OK, on to the shots from ROTK. I think I noted most of them, although I may have missed one or two. There are 3 that will possibly be in the EE, since they were not in ROTK. (I put them at the end.)
Quick shots of Gondorian soldiers led by Faramir leaving Minas Tirith.
Shot of Aragorn on horseback in Gondorian armor. Also shows Gondorian army.
Shows Rohirrim briefly (as in the trailer) with Aragorn's voiceover "I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me." Shot of Eowyn and Merry in armor cheering. Then a shot of Aragorn from the back raising his sword.
Faramir: They've taken the bridge and the west bank.
Miscellaneous battle scenes.
Gandalf on Shadowfax rides up on the wall at Minas Tirith overlooking the orcs attacking. (from trailer)
Now for the clips that appear to be from ROTK, but were not in the theatrical version. I am hoping these will be in the Extended Edition!
Legolas is shown wearing the blue outfit from the Coronation, surrounded by men drinking in a celebratory manner.
So, that's it! It was an interesting view, although I was disappointed that there wasn't MORE from ROTK included. Go rent it!