1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is NOT a book solely dedicated to the subject of the making of Peter Jackson's superb movies, so be forewarned if you purchase it strightly as a Tolkien fan (as I did).
Nor is it a complete biography of Sean's life.
It is more of a collection of thoughts and key life experiences as opposed to a complete expose of either the making of the movies or of Sean himself.
That said, it is nonetheless a fascinating read.
The book reflects on 3 key areas of Sean's acting career and life:
1) Insight into some of his acting and movie making experiences
2) Insight into his experiences on the LOR set - including some thoughts on… Read more
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The previous reviewer captured the essence of this book so well that I can't add much. I can say this book was very enlightening and most enjoyable. I am no learned Tolkien student, but have become so interested in his work with Middle-earth that I have begun to study this fascinating and magical place. As such, I found this book a great starting point for gaining a better understanding of the peoples of Middle-earth in particular.
Insight into the history and nature of each race of peoples (and how they interact and impact on one another) adds a new dimension to LOR: I found to the point I bonded better with some of the key characters.
I wouldn't recommend this for… Read more
15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
This movie is quite un-nerving in places and I agree with the last reviewer about its atmospheric quality.
The fright moments are quite well handled, although I also agree with the last reviewer that they are somewhat "Grudgesque" in places.
Where I felt let down was with the muddled ending: unless I am incredibly dumb or fell asleep unawares half way through, the ending made no sense: it was too open to interpretation. Some like that. I don't. I like my movies neatly packaged. I don't like spending 90 mins in front of the screen only to then say "what the heck was THAT all about?"
I think this is worth a look, but feel it's potential was not fully utilized.