"This big budget movie only recounts the events of the first novel in the trilogy" - proclaims the author of the review, published on the Sci Fi Movie Page website (2001). He also adds that: "While it still beats slogging through Tolkien's doorstop of a novel and fans might delight in such a slavish devotion to the source material, the rest of us will no doubt still suffer movie suffers from the same faults, namely an overlong running time and a fear of offending fans by excising superfluous material"(2001). Fortunately, the creators of the film had opinion different from the Hollywood blockbusters fan's, who wrote the review. They understood that producing the film that keeps to the spirit of the book is not just foretelling the plot in few scenes between fights and lovemaking.
It's a proven fact that it is almost impossible to produce a film that will be the exact replica of the books text. Moreover, the text actually needs adapting, as in other case the there would be no script writers. Filmmaking is much different from book writing. Some scenes are still impossible to reproduce, some look good in written text, but filmmakers find out their live reproduction is awful. To shoot a successful picture the text of the book should be adapted to match the filmmaking standards. The vital point in this process is to keep the spirit of the book, the one that made the producers and directors want to screen it, and that made the readers buy this book.
Fortunately the creators of the first part of The Lord of the Rings trilogy were successful in adapting Tolkien's epic saga to the screen. As Tolkien's work is quite a big one they had to remove some episodes, to change...
The Lord of the Rings is considered to be one of the most important works in the English literature. It is the book that gave birth to the whole new genre in literature, fantasy. For many readers all over the world this epic story is of near to religious value. "In the pantheon of fantasy writers, no deity is treated with greater reverence than J.R.R. Tolkien, who is regarded by most readers as the Father of Modern Fantasy." - says James Berardinelli, the author of the comprehensive review of The Fellowship of the Ring.
Peter Jackson's adaptation of Tolkien's most popular work became a phenomenon in the world cinema. Of course different opinions exist about the successfulness of this adaptation, but, nevertheless, it's obvious that it is worthy of watching and referring to. Tolkien's fans from all over the world still argue whether the filmmakers remained faithful to the spirit of the book, but nobody calls the professionalism of this adaptation in question. The Lord of the Rings screening is considered to be one of the most magnificent and nailing shows in the history of filmmaking.
After analyzing several episodes that held some differences in the book and movie variants of the saga the conclusion can be drawn that despite of some drawbacks, like exclusion of the scenes with Tom Bombadil from the plot, the filmmakers still managed to keep faithful to the spirit of the book they screened. In the same time, Peter Jackson and his team succeeded in creating one of the most magnificent and beautiful movies that are able to transfer the viewer into the Middle Earth world for the three hours it lasts.