By I. Zara
Yesterday night and since Yareah magazine is writing about Mark Twain, I decided to see some film based on Twain’s novels. It was not difficult, the majority of Twain novels has been brought to the screen. I chose ‘The Adventures of Huck Finn’, a 1993 Disney adventure film, directed by Stephen Sommers. Why did I choose this film? Well, I knew nothing about the director (although he surprised me by his violence, excessive for a Disney Movie, and politically incorrect winks, as to film children smoking) but when I knew it was starring by Elijah Wood (Huckleberry Finn) and Courtney B. Vance (Jim), I felt great interest in view the movie.
Furthermore, the movie was filmed entirely in Mississippi, a place for my dreams.
Do you think I was a fan of Elijah Wood? Not at all. His performance in ‘Lord of the Rings’ was boring and flat in my opinion, with that permanent expression of stomach pain. However, I have been always curious about the reasons why he got the part of Frodo Bolson: only by his blue eyes?
Then, I started to watch the film and I was impressed. Elijah Wood, as a child, was an expressive and likeable actor, able to captivate the viewer and able to communicate with his cast mates: a jewel of boy.
This morning, I have discussed my surprise with some friends. ‘Well, they said, who will be able to performance Frodo Bolson, not even Marlon Brando’. I have been thinking about this issue and yes, I agree with them, it is impossible to performance a character who only is two big eyes seeing battles and more battles… and more battles. Therefore, the problem of Elijah Wood is to choose better his parts, because Brando would not accept it… or maybe yes? I must not forget he performance in ‘Superman’.
Conclusion: How powerful is money!
Other conclusion: Now, I like Elijah Wood.
Elijah Wood (Iowa, 1981) at an early age he showed a talent for entertaining and wowing audiences, and his mother decided to take him to Los Angeles for an Annual International Modeling and Talent Association convention. He quickly began popping up in ads and in small parts on TV. Afterwards, he got his part in Avalon (1990), with really good critics. His acting career took off from here, and he began appearing in films such as Paradise (1991), Forever Young (1992), with Mel Gibson or The Good (1993) with Macaulay Culkin. Also, in 1996, he starred in a movie remake of an old TV show, Flipper (1996). He appeared in countless films after that. In 2000, he went to work on what has been called the biggest project ever to hit the movies, the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, based on the books by J.R.R. Tolkien.