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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


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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