I see a lot of people panning the new film Jupiter Ascending with the criticism that it is an aesthetically beautiful, but fundamentally flawed work. The movie does have problems; all do. The biggest flaw that I’ve found is not with the film per se, but with its audience.The film is, fundamentally, a Modernist work with strong Romantic tendencies.
what if instead of fading due to grief, elves turn to stone. in the middle of dale there’s a statue of the long disappeared elvenking, and no one looks at it because of the look of sheer loss and pain on his face. little do they know that bard died there decades ago, and the statue isn’t a statue.
The Story of the Statue
There was a fairystory, a folktale, popular among the people
of Dale. They told it to travellers and to their children and grandchildren. They
all knew the story of the statue.
Once upon a time, many years ago, there used to be a huge
Elven kingdom in the forests of Mirkwood, ruled over by a cold and beautiful
king, though his name has been lost to time. He defended his own lands and
people ferociously, but he cared little for the suffering of others; “Other
lands are not my concern.” The king would say, dismissing all who came before
All but one.
The fabled Dragonslayer, a simple bargeman who took down
Smaug the Terrible with only one arrow, who re-founded Dale and saved their
ancestors in ages past.
He was the one who thawed the heart of the cold Elvenking.