A conversation I heard the other day in line at the bank: “… cinematography, editing, direction… that we could never win but we should have won best adapted screenplay. After all, City of God is the true story, it all happened in real life, not that shit Lord of the Rings, which is all lies”.
Adapted screenplay is not a matter of being based on a true or not, but the quality of the adaptation. And I think Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King deserved all the awards it won.
I finished reading the book, more of less a month ago. The book is fantastic and much richer than the movie (as almost all adaptations made for cinema). It contains more characters and complexities. It’s exciting, thrilling and sad. It’s another world and once you dive into this world you won’t want to return.
Peter Jackson did a great job and should be congratulated. Of course there are things missing in the films… one example is the story between Éowyn and Faramir (which is one of the best characters in the book. Anyway… as I do not want to say goodbye so early to Tolkien’s universe I am now reading the Silmarillion.
all illustrations by Anke Eissmann