Monday, 27 October 2014

LOTR: A Curmudgeon's Tale.

I’ve just finished watching the extended edition of the much-vaunted The Lord of the Rings trilogy twice, back-to-back over the past two weeks, and I discovered something interesting.

When you watch a film for the first time your attention is, to some extent at least, distracted from the finer points of direction and dialogue because you’re engaged in following the plot. But if you watch it a second time so soon afterwards, you don’t pay as much attention to the plot because you know what’s coming next at every juncture. And that’s when something magical happens.

A veil is lifted from your eyes, and you realise just how much you missed while your critical faculty was napping.

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