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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Nope, Frodo wasn't in it, but it sure was good....

Posted on 2005.10.16 at 00:16


eyborg at 2005-11-18 17:10 (UTC) (Link)
I so agree with you about the Weasleys (both Mr. and Mrs. W. are adorable!) - and I too loved the Weasley house! I could so well imagine living there myself. :)

I can very well understand why you prefer film-Frodo to film-Harry... Frodo is much older (even in hobbit years) and more mature than Harry is yet (Harry is just a kid, really). So Frodo definitely wins if we're talking about mature, dark-haired, heartthrob heroes (although my favourite film hobbit (and book hobbit) is still Merry... purrrrr).
It's just that I love watching Harry (and Ron and Hermione and all the other kids for that matter) basically growing up on the screen! He was such a cuuuuute little kid in the first movie, and in the 7th movie he will be a grown up man! (And who knows, perhaps some of the young actors will already be married by then! LOL!)

I also so agree with you about all the other actors you mentioned - they were brilliant (even John Hurt in his very small role). But I have to disagree with you about Moaning Myrtle though; I looooooved her! :)
mechtild at 2005-11-18 17:26 (UTC) (Link)
I thought film Myrtle was very well-done, technically, but I thought she came off as only funny. In the book, I actually had empathy for Myrtle, even while she made me laugh. I suppose there was enough Myrtle in me as a miserable teenager to identify with her, whingeing and all. Film Myrtle is funny, but she seems irritating, otherwise, not someone I would feel empathy for.

I am very excited about seeing the new film. It's been getting terrific reviews. Our tickets are for Saturday night. I think Daniel Radcliffe is turning out to be a very good actor. I look forward to seeing him play someone other than Harry, if only to see if he is able to. He may have the Elijah problem: a super job in an extremely attractive role, followed by some very good work, but in much less attractive roles. I still am waiting for EW to play another character I can get excited about as a protagonist. So far, he hasn't.
eyborg at 2005-11-18 20:32 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I see what you mean about Myrtle. I guess I can agree at some point. :) She should perhaps have been more "miserable" in the film, since I've always felt really sorry for book-Myrtle (a part of me wishes that perhaps some day in the future she will finally find peace and not be a ghost forever...)

The new film will open here in Iceland on Nov. 25. I'm not sure yet when exactly I will see it; it will be sometime over that weekend though. Depends on how busy I will be at work (and how tired I will be, lol).

I agree about Daniel Radcliffe; not only is he turning more handsome, he is turning into a very good actor indeed. (And so are all the other kids, especially Rupert Grint as Ron). I simply cannot understand how many people (usually young kids) say that Daniel, Rupert and Emma Watson act badly! Well, I admit that they (esp. Daniel and Emma) were perhaps a wee bit stiff in the first movie (but still good), but they're all coming around. And people forget that those kids are still learning to act! Contrary to what everyone seems to believe, nobody (with perhaps some rare exceptions like Jodie Foster) springs forth a full-fledged actor just like that. Acting is something you need to learn, to be really good. One friend of mine once said that in order to be a good artist/actor/musician, it probably takes 10% talent and 90% work! - I just felt like ranting a bit now because I sometimes feel that people are being overly unfair and harsh especially towards children actors - not to mention that children actors are especially dependant on their directors, much more than adult actors. But so far the HP directors have been doing a good job. :)

I too look very much forward to seeing Daniel try his hand on other roles, when he's done with Potter. I hear that he is now preparing to do a movie in Australia called "December Boys", where he will be speaking with an Australian accent! :D Sounds like something worth taking a look at. :)
And my Inner Eye is telling me that he might make a fine James Bond candidate in 20 years or so! He definitely has the looks for it - it seems like he is going to be the next British hottie, the next generation after Orlando Bloom and Colin Firth! Tee hee.

As for Elijah - did you see Sin City? I haven't yet, but I've heard that Elijah did a pretty good job at playing the "bad guy" there. I might rent the movie, just to see if it's true. ;)
mechtild at 2005-11-18 20:59 (UTC) (Link)
I think the boy who has been playing Ron is really good, too. I felt he sometimes was made to do a lot of mugging, but I blame the director for that. I said it before but I thought he did beautifully in the chess game scene. I think the actor(s) who play the twin Weasleys are great, too. I hope they get more to do in the new film.

As for child actors, as a Frodo fan, of course, I drop in regularly at "The Faculty" the Khazad-dum thread for Elijah Wood as an actor. He seems to have been a good actor since he started, and, a "natural." He is described as doing his work at 100% in terms of energy, but as a child he consistently called it "fun" rather than work. His mother insisted that when it stopped being fun for him, he would not act. Apparently it kept being a thing he really enjoyed doing.

Yes, I saw Sin City, a film I can admire but not love. I watched it once and that was plenty. EW does just what is required in his little role as the one-expression serial killer, Kevin. In fact, he almost got as much critical attention for that five minutes than he did for Frodo! But the role was a really easy one. EW could have done it in his sleep, so it was no big deal as far as I was concerned, in terms of acting, even if he did a fine job.
eyborg at 2005-11-30 15:53 (UTC) (Link)
You're right; Elijah Wood is definitely one of those "rare cases" I spoke about. And so is Haley Joel Osment (although I've never seen him in a movie yet, I've just heard great things about him). Furthermore, Elijah is also one of those lucky child actors that have successfully transformed from a good child actor into a good adult actor (like Jodie Foster did). Not many child actors have succeeded in this - Macauley Culkin didn't (at least we haven't seen that yet).

BTW I just recently saw Goblet of Fire and loooooved it! And I plan to see it again soon. :) I definitely agree about Rupert (yes, I loved the chess scene, one of Ron's finest moments) and the Phelps twins (who played the Weasley twins); they did a great job. I do keep high hopes for all those kids; they seem to be willing to work hard and do the best they can. Can't wait to see them in coming HP movies! :)
mechtild at 2005-11-30 22:38 (UTC) (Link)
Ah, Eyborg, we went back to see Goblet of Fire again, because the theatre we first saw it at was so terrible. Yes, the Weasleys got a LOT of screentime (the twins and Ron, anyway), for which I was very grateful. I really loved their work in this film, which built very well on the previous one.

Haley Joel Osment was great in his "little boy" films like The Sixth Sense. I didn't like him nearly as well in "Secondhand Lions" as a teenager. Hopefully, he is just going through an awkward stage. He was a very good child actor.
eyborg at 2006-01-27 21:19 (UTC) (Link)
I think I mentioned that I had never yet seen HJO in a movie: Well, it seems that it's not entirely accurate. It was actually him who played Forrest Gump as a child in the movie with the same name, and he did a very good job there (it's one of my favourite movies). :)
mechtild at 2006-01-27 23:00 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, I thought he was very good in that, too. He was in several important films as a child.
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