Saturday, February 13, 2010 06:35 AM
On the Viewer - Born of Hope
 by Fëanor

This fan-made film is very impressive, and in some ways I actually like it better than Peter Jackson's big-budget Lord of the Rings movies. It feels more authentic somehow. It's a prequel to those films, telling the story of Aragorn's father, Arathorn - how he met his wife and Aragorn's mother; how Sauron harried him and his people, seeking to kill the heir of Isildur and end the Dunedain forever; how much was sacrificed to protect Aragorn, and how he was ultimately taken to Rivendell and his identity made a secret to keep him safe. It really captures the nobility, the tragedy, the romance, and even the comedy of Tolkien's epic tales of Middle Earth. The sets, costumes, and props are on the money; the special effects, the writing, the fighting, and the acting are all decent; and the actors even speak in Elvish when it makes sense for them to do so (although I can't vouch for their grammar). The movie is surprisingly emotionally effective, and it's great seeing famous characters out of the history of Middle Earth come alive - such as Elladan and Elrohir (even if their hair looks kind of silly). Definitely recommended to any Tolkien fans out there.
Tagged (?): Movies (Not), On the Viewer (Not), Tolkien (Not), Video (Not)

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