Saturday: 10.January.2004

LOTR - The Return of the King

Finally saw Lord of the Rings last night: The Return of the King .. on the giant IMAX screen at the Spectrum. They made a big deal at the beginning, about how this film was being displayed using *regular* 35mm projection equipment, and was therefore *not* representative of a "true IMAX experience".

Real IMAX films are shot on 70mm film and cost $2 more to see than regular films. I guess this is why they only charged me the regular admission price ($9.50).

I've been looking forward to seeing ROTK since it first came out. But every time I asked someone if they wanted to go, they had already seen it. So I went by myself. 3 hours. Dang. It was almost 1AM when we finally got out.

ROTK got rave reviews. It is the first movie in a while that I felt like I got MORE than my money's worth. By now, most of you have either seen it already, or have no desire to. So I will simply say that my favorite line was by the Ork: Certain chance of death; small chance for success. What are we waiting for?

Those flying things were impressive. Reminded me of this image (148-KB, 1152x864, from Digital Blasphemy), which I used as my desktop for a while.

I wonder if Tolkien, while writing LOTR (mid 1950's), was aware of Lord Acton's comment (1887) that "Power (the ring) tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." Seems that is the message behind the story. If there is one.





Posted by Rad at January 10, 2004 02:19 AM

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Hi. I make no claims of being a Tolkien expert. Oh contraire. I have not even finished all the books. The quote I refer to stuck out, as it made me laugh out loud spontaneouly. I was the only one in the theater who laughed at that point. So it reinforced my warped sense of humor. I wouldnm't mind seeing it again. Cheers to your wife.

Posted by: Rad at January 10, 2004 07:37 PM

In the series "The White House" they formulated Lord Acton's comment as "Absolute power is actually quite nice" which sums it up very well. IMHO.
Fredrik

Posted by: at January 12, 2004 12:42 AM