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Two Book and Movie Reviews

Jenny & I have recently read and seen Lord of the Rings : The Fellowship of the Ring and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

Here’s my take on them.

Reading the first Harry Potter book was a blast. We actually read the whole book aloud to each other on our honeymoon return flight from Switzerland. It was an easy and entertaining read. While reading it, I pretty much forgot that it was a “kids book”. The movie, however, brought me back to my senses. Perhaps it just looked cheesier on screen than it did in my imagination. I was somewhat disappointed after hearing all the hype.

LOTR : Fellowship of the Ring was almost the complete opposite. Obviously reading this book aloud took a lot longer (how do you say “Elen síla lúmenn omentilmo”?). We enjoyed reading the book together even though we had each read it at least two times before now. And as for the movie? Let me just say that it was the fastest 3 hour movie I’ve ever sat through.

The movie made me sweat, thinking about the peril Frodo and Company were in. I think reading the book, with it’s detail of the setting, and the longer time, I never had the super intense feel toward the danger that was near. Every minute of the movie got this across. One thing was for sure; it’s not a kids movie. At least I didn’t think so.

Both books recieve a huge thumbs up from me. But only LOTR gets my approval for the transfer to the big screen. In all honesty, the Harry Potter movie wasn’t that bad, I was just not wanting to be reminded of how old I was that day.

Originally published on Wednesday January 9, 2002 at 1:25 am

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