Viggo Mortensen Says Peter Jackson Chose CGI Over Subtlety on LOTR

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Viggo Mortensen has been looking back at Lord Of The Rings, being very critical towards Peter Jackson’s handling of the movies.

Mortensen says the first movie was a lot more subtle than the last two, which were just full of CGI.

“The first script was better organised,” says Mortensen. “Peter was always a geek in terms of technology but, once he had the means to do it, and the evolution of the technology really took off, he never looked back.”

“In the first movie, yes, there’s Rivendell, and Mordor, but there’s sort of an organic quality to it, actors acting with each other, and real landscapes; it’s grittier.”

“The second movie already started ballooning, for my taste,” Mortensen continues, “and then by the third one, there were a lot of special effects.”

“It was grandiose, and all that, but whatever was subtle, in the first movie, gradually got lost in the second and third. Now with The Hobbit, one and two, it’s like that to the power of 10.”

What are your opinions on this?

If you fancy watching something other than LOTR with Mortensen in it, why not try the new movie The Two Faces Of January.

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