Earthrise wrote:Lord of the Rings? Pretty good, but considering the standard set by the book, any movie is destined to fail against it.
I don't entirely agree with that, actually. As good as those books are, a huge portion of their brilliance comes from the innovation and originality they brought, the story itself wouldn't be considered nearly as brilliant if it were written today. That doesn't take anything away from how unique and special the books are, because probably 95% or more of fantasy novels & movies both are influenced at least indirectly by LoTR. They also have the insane level of detail especially with the languages, that might never be duplicated by a single author.
The movies were not only visual masterpieces, but were far more accessible than the books will ever be. Those books are very long-winded and slow moving and they aren't going to suck in mainstream readers in the way the movies do. The movies also did a pretty damn good job with casting, and even had some moments of good acting.
While the movies can't compare with the legend, the decades of cult fanaticism, and the incalculable influence in creating the entire genre, I think they do a pretty damn good job of bringing the most important aspects of the story together, illustrating it magnificently, and achieving the most important thing, which is making the story fun to watch.
I believe it's time for mankind to set aside the crutch of religion and embrace morality born of reason and truth. Those crutches have long since proven treacherous when the ground gets slippery.