Review by GeneralNerd — September 3, 2010 @ 1:19 am
I’ve watched all 6 parts now and I really liked a lot of what you did to change it. Here’s a simple list of what I liked and didn’t like.
The improved pacing. Watching my extended edition, I usually find myself bored, distracted, or falling asleep by the time Arwen is trying to escape the Black Riders on horseback. With your version, I was riveted.
The Black Riders seemed more threatening. It was mostly the small cuts you made that achieved this; they came across as more mysterious and harder to beat. It really made the whole thing feel more tense.
I was worried about how Arwen would come across when you’ve downplayed her more action filled moments, but it actually worked out fairly well.
The length. This isn’t really long enough to be its own movie. Not really your fault, though. You didn’t have much to work with in that regard.
The climax felt a bit too understated to me.
There’s a bit too much humor cut out. I know you were going for increased tension, but this really was one of the more lighthearted parts of the book, especially Pippin.