Am I the only one disappointed by the portrayal of Faramir in the films? Not that the actor was bad or anything but in the book he's basically described as just as noble & kingly as Aragon (minus the bloodline.) It just makes me sad for his character
Since there are five mods on this blog, we tend to have a variety of opinions about Tolkien’s books. So here’s two different answers from two different mods.
There are always difficulties when adapting characters from the book into the movie. To find someone who will represent himself like nobility and look like kings of ancient times is as hard as to find the most beautiful person in the world. Everyone has their vision of this or that character and different opinions of beauty and nobility.
Movie!Faramir does not look like books!Faramir, if we’re strictly speaking about appearance. But surely it doesn’t matter a great deal, because Tolkien is not the kind of write who attaches great importance in physical appearance, in my opinion.
There are some scenes, if you ask me, that show Faramir as a descendant of Dunedain very well. For example, the deleted scene of farewell with Boromir in Osgiliath from “The Two Towers”, when Faramir looked up at his brother. There was so much in his eyes at that moment and there was really an aura of nobility and wisdom around him. And also in the scene of Houses of Healing, during his talk with Eowyn he appeared really kingly and noble.
What I miss more about book!Faramir in movies is his love to knowledge, his relationship with Gandalf, and the fact that Denethor dislikes Faramir for this.
I already wrote a Film!Faramir vs. Book!Faramir answer on my personal blog, so I will just copy and paste my answer here, if that’s alright.
Let me get one thing straight first, I’m very pro-adaptations and I love Peter Jackson’s work. I think he did a greater job with the Lord of the Rings than what we’ve seen in the Hobbit (so far, at least) but despite all the changes, deductions, additions and criticism (some of them are my own) I really like the movies. I also love the actors. Really, LoTR + Hobbit cast are probably my favourite cast in the world.
But still, I often rage about the way PJ changed Faramir.
I recognise that I’m biased, since Faramir is my favourite fictional character… ever. But I think by making him tempted by the Ring (however briefly) the movie adaptations erased a huge part of his character. What made Faramir so strong and awesome was the fact that he was above greed and desiring power for himself, which is, as often repeated, a huge fault of Men. To PJ’s credit, he did make Faramir want to (initially) possess the Ring to gain his father’s approval rather than for his own power. But still, it’s a great contrast with the Faramir we see in the books.
I’m also a little annoyed by the fact that my favourite Faramir quote wasn’t included in the movies: “I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.”
But if we were to discuss Faramir in the Two Towers and Return of the King separately, these criticisms I’ve made all apply to his storyline in the Two Towers. I’m quite happy with the way he was portrayed in the Return of the King.
I think David Wenham did a great job. And I do love the movies. So I don’t think his character was “ruined” or anything that dramatic. But I’ll admit that I’m very disappointed with the way the script handled him.