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Old 11-02-2013, 02:58 AM
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This is what I thought of when I saw the Aes Sedai at the beginning.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIt0VY7Yg2w

Also, Rand with the lightning hands. It's a cool effect but kind of makes no sense plotwise. Remember that Rand has no idea he can channel yet. Lightning arcing between his fingertips would be a pretty big tip off. And to Mat as well.

The other things like Rand and Mat being the same height... That's not a valid complaint. Characters never look quite right in film adaptations. The villagers calling a man who can channel a false dragon, that's justified under "hicks are dumb as rocks." Remember, someone in Emond's Field thought the Dragon and the Dark One were the same thing.

It's the acting that kills it.
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This is what I thought of when I saw the Aes Sedai at the beginning.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIt0VY7Yg2w

Also, Rand with the lightning hands. It's a cool effect but kind of makes no sense plotwise. Remember that Rand has no idea he can channel yet. Lightning arcing between his fingertips would be a pretty big tip off. And to Mat as well.

The other things like Rand and Mat being the same height... That's not a valid complaint. Characters never look quite right in film adaptations. The villagers calling a man who can channel a false dragon, that's justified under "hicks are dumb as rocks." Remember, someone in Emond's Field thought the Dragon and the Dark One were the same thing.

It's the acting that kills it.
Actually, its mentioned several times throughout the series (well, several times per book, really) that Rand's height, outside of the Aiel, makes him pretty easy to spot and keeps him standing out, even in comparison to Mat and Perrin (who are both, taller than the norm, but not as tall as Rand).
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Actually, its mentioned several times throughout the series (well, several times per book, really) that Rand's height, outside of the Aiel, makes him pretty easy to spot and keeps him standing out, even in comparison to Mat and Perrin (who are both, taller than the norm, but not as tall as Rand).
I was under the impression that Mat was short.

Although, Melindhra did inform us that he is "as tall as a man needs to be"...
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Yes, but that's not why it's an invalid criticism. In a book, the author can paint a picture of a character in any way that he imagines. A film, however, is limited by whatever actors are available. And most people just aren't that tall.
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It's also true that when casting a dramatic interpretation, you want the best actor possible to play the main part whether or not he physically matches the description in the books. A film will always be an adaptation, and it might be enough for Rand to stand out simply because of his unusual red hair - a feature that can easily be achieved by a make-up department. Other than the fact that Aiel are said to be tall and it hints at Rand's heritage early on, when does his height ever really play a major role in the plot? It doesn't, and even the ethnic characteristics of the Aiel are open to adaptation and interpretation as fits the needs of the production.

That said, I didn't really feel this production needed anything, other than substantial rewrites. :P
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Other than the fact that Aiel are said to be tall and it hints at Rand's heritage early on, when does his height ever really play a major role in the plot?
When he is dodging searchers in Fal Dara, having to stoop so a to hide his height?
When he hardly fits in the traveling device the AS have provided for him on the journey from Cairhien to Tar Valon?
When the DO has to spent a lot of effort finding a Rand-sized body for dead Ishamael to be stuffed into? Admittedly, those chapters did not make it into the actual books, but does that make them less important for the plot?
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Just watched this. Can't believe they threw a "bloody ashes" in there, lmao. The acting was pretty bad. The film could have used a more Lynchian edge, I think.
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