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Tuesday, 7 September 2010

The Lord of the Rings


Before you go yell "what the f**k" at the sight of the rating, don't worry, I am not reviewing Peter Jackson's epic masterpiece, rather Ralph Bakshi's sorry 1978 cartoon attempt at adapting Tolkien's bestsellers.

The One Ring of power has been lost for thousands of years, only to turn up in the possession of hobbit Frodo Baggins (Christopher Guard), who sets out on a quest to destroy it in the fires of Mount Doom with a Fellowship that also consists of wizard Gandalf (William Squire), ranger Aragorn (John Hurt), fellow hobbits Sam (Michael Scholes), Merry (Simon Chandler) and Pippin (Dominic Guard), elf Legolas (Anthony Daniels), dwarf Gimli (David Buck), and soldier Boromir (Michael Graham Cox). Eventually the Fellowship splits and Frodo and Sam are led to Mordor by the deformed Gollum (Peter Woodthorpe).

Although I acknowledge the fact it was brave for Bakshi to try adapting Tolkien's supposedly unadaptable epic, only five years after the death of Tolkien himself, there is basically nothing worthwhile about this film. The animation is very poorly done, even by the '70s standard, and none of the characters or events get any real development. Bakshi tries to compress the events of The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers into just over two hours, less than a third of the running time of Jackson's adaptation of the two, not making any events memorable and will cause such frustration by the sheer tediousness of the characters and pace that the viewer will want to scream. If you're thinking of getting a copy of this after seeing Jackson's epic, don't bother wasting your money.

Christopher Guard, John Hurt, William Squire, Michael Scholes, Simon Chandler, Dominic Guard, Anthony Daniels, David Buck, Michael Graham Cox, Peter Woodthorpe, Norman Bird, Fraser Kerr, Philip Stone, Michael Deacon, Andre Morell, John Westbrook, Annette Crosbie.

Golden Globe nomination: Best Original Score (Leonard Rosenman).

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