March 24, 2006
It apparently premiered in Toronto yesterday and this critic was bored to tears:
The problems with this version of The Lord of the Rings are so basic that you wonder how those involved with it could watch it coming together and still not see what was wrong.Sigh.
To begin with, it looks like no one ever decided what kind of show it was meant to be. Its not a musical, the creators kept insisting, but Warchus gives us enough trappings of the form to make us think that it is.
Theres a saccharine ballad between Arwen and Aragorn thats repeated endlessly, a lengthy dance number at the Prancing Pony Inn which stops the action dead in every sense of the word and a meandering new-age anthem for Galadriel to warble while dressed in disco finery.
But when push comes to shove and the big emotional moments arrive, no one ever actually gets to sing. The music swells behind the cast and they often have to shout to be heard over it, but it doesnt help them soar.
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