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Allithilueyn 21/Nov/2004 at 07:25 AM
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AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH i just had to get something off my chest!! dont get me wrong i am a fan of Cate Blanchett and im not dissing her acting or whatever, because i dont think this is her fault. But the character glaldriel to me wasnt portrayed in the way that i thought of her in the book. in the book she is the perfect being, whom everyone respects and related to, in the film she seems monotoneous, blank and not like the perfect being at all. i was quite dissapointed, she seemed too power and hungry, and well just WEIRD. no offence and i should imagine you all will disagree with me, but i cant help how i feel. lol

Searogim 21/Nov/2004 at 07:28 AM
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I don’t entirely agree with you here.  I actually liked most of Cate Blanchetts portrayal of Galadriel and thought that she did a really good job in the role.  However, one thing that I did have a problem with was the part during the scene with the mirror when she went green.  What was that all about?  This really suprised me as I never imagined her doing anything like this in the books.  I wouldn’t necessarily say that she seemed power hungry though.
Lùthien Oronra 21/Nov/2004 at 07:38 AM
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I actually enjoyed Cate Blanchett’s portrayal of Galadriel!  I thought her voice was especially wonderful, and the way in which she spoke Elvish was divine!  However, as Searogim has mentioned, I was a little confused as to why she turned green, but overall I think it she was excellent.  The scene where she is after the Ring (and goes green....) really shows how powerful the Ring is, which I think is very important.
nobody 21/Nov/2004 at 07:41 AM
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Calm downnn. Isn’t it obvious that she is only green with envy of Frodo? PJ sometimes takes things too literally.

Rendal 21/Nov/2004 at 07:53 AM
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Personally I think Galadriel(as far as character) was one of the few that they didn’ change too drastically.  And Kate was perfect for the part on a side note. 
Searogim 21/Nov/2004 at 08:12 AM
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I agree Rendal, there was very little that was changes about Galadriels character in the movies (in my opinion at least).  I think that Peter jackson could easily have altered her character as he did with some of the others.
O.E.E. 21/Nov/2004 at 08:21 AM
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Well, it’s true like you all said, that Galadrield did not change much compared with the other characters. Like Seagorin mentioned, I think that Peter Jackson kinda exagerated with that whole green mist. But overall Cate Blanchett did a preety good job at portraying Galadriel.
Ashen Shugar 21/Nov/2004 at 08:25 AM
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Well she is one of the characters that wasn’t too changed in the movies. The special effects aside, because that isn’t related to Kate I think she did a good job. And Galadriel wasn’t perfect, in fact she wasn’t squeeky clean either if you remember the SIlmarillion ... but looking at the whole thing, I must say I was first pleased with the way she played her, and second the character was all right.
Leafa 21/Nov/2004 at 09:27 AM
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I do not have a problem with Cate Blanchett at all, she is somewhat how I had envisioned Galadriel, very regal and stately. I have to say that her character came off as a little scary to me, the non readers I went to the movies with all were unclear if she was really good or not, maybe because of the ring scene. I think she could have been presented a little warmer in the movies.  
Brina Goldenaxe 21/Nov/2004 at 09:37 AM
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I cannot agree with you either. I believe Cate Blanchett did a very good job with Galadriel. If you’re going to nit pick at what went wrong in the movies, you have a very long list to choose from, my elf friend. Actually, I think that Galadriel was one of the few characters that remained as true-to-Tolkien’s vision as the rest of them.
Seles 21/Nov/2004 at 09:53 AM
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Perosnally I did not mind the power hungry thing too much, then again I did not read the books before I watched the first film. Anyway the point is at least she still remained relatively recognisable unlike what happened to Faramir. To me, it was like getting to know another character altogether when I read the second book. Well, actually how well Cate portrayed Galadriel (the all-knowing, wise and seemlingly perfect being) depends on an individual’s own perception actually, since normally we would make a comparison between the presented portrayal and our own interpretation. I’m assuming that yours just didn’t agree with the film’s then...
Ehtelë Vírië 21/Nov/2004 at 11:01 AM
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I don’t agree. Galadriel, in the movies, was considered one who everyone respected and admired, and that is what she was in the movies. PJ provided the light when she got closer, and I thought it was appropriate. Kate did a good job playing Galadirel. I saw nothing wrong with Kate’s acting, I actually thought it was pretty good, in fact. I think she did resemble a person who is high and worthy.
SaRailei Banba 21/Nov/2004 at 12:03 PM
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I thought Galadriel was weird in the book!LOL---I felt she was of a dark nature, and when she took Frodo to the pool, the first time I read it, I thought she was going to try and take the ring from him or put some sort of spell on him.  I always thought of her more of a witch than an elf, and I don’t use the word witch as an insult, but like she’s a sorceress of some sort.  The movie, for me, made her less intimidating for me, although, maybe  a teeny tiny weird, but i now have a better appreciation of her now because of the movie.
arsar 21/Nov/2004 at 12:47 PM
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i thought she was one of the better characters in the film.not as wooden as some er actors haha!!!

actually she did seem to be lost in her character a sure many an actress would have died to play that part.It wasnt bad though,just the figure nails were a little toolong!!

Allithilueyn 21/Nov/2004 at 12:57 PM
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let me clear this up peeps, i DO NOT think cate blanchett gave a poor preformace i thought that the whole character was not what i was expecting of galdriel kk????
Celinawyn 21/Nov/2004 at 02:02 PM
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I think Galadriel’s portrayal in the movies was quite accurate, because I noticed little changes from the book. To me she does not appear power hungry, because if she was, she’d just have to reach out with her hand and take Frodo’s ring. The scene when she turns to a different Galadriel, is very powerful, because it shows how the ring could corrupt even the fairest and wisest beings in ME.
Serveanthesia 21/Nov/2004 at 04:04 PM
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Hmm, first time i saw the movies, i thought Galadriel was a bit more, cold?  eh, works enough.  yea, was a bit colder than as i thought of her in the books.  She was portrayed perfectly in every other aspect, but, she didn’t seem as kind or wise as i thought.  Yes i know, she wasn’t known for her "kindness" but i thought of her as a bit more caring for the fellowship than her interaction with them upon their first arrival.  Celeborn was just plain strange in his interaction with them... but lets not get started on that lol
*Callisto 21/Nov/2004 at 04:18 PM
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You know what, Galadriel in all was not portrayed the way I envisioned her either, she seemed rather out of this world, I know she is an elf (doh!) and that she possesses the knowledge that no other would, but she seemed rather bland to me, and even Celeborn seemed rather, “what do I have to say next?” marton csokas is a great actor so I’m not dissing him either.

An Capall Dubh 21/Nov/2004 at 04:54 PM
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Sage,she probably had been smoking pipeweed *G*
I was quite happy with the way Galadriel was portrayed,at least her character wasn’t ruined like some others in the films.She wasn’t the perfect Elf,showing a bit of her dark side didn’t really belong in the film but it didn’t come as a surprise either.Cate did a good job,she was a good choice to play this serious role.
~Rings 21/Nov/2004 at 05:08 PM
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I personally think that she portrayed her extremely well. She was so fair and she seemed to glow and the light that was in her eyes was wonderful. Now we all now that special effect rock and she had help with that of course, but I still think that she did an awesome job. I think that the casting for the entire move was really good actually, but I guess each person is entitled to an opinion.
*Callisto 21/Nov/2004 at 05:22 PM
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I"m not saying that Cate Blanchett was doing poorly - all i’m saying is that Galadriel was bland, and Cate isnt to blame for that - she was asked to do what she did and portray Galadriel as PJ and co saw it. she did add her own minute touches to her character.

Elfwine: Pipeweed is good!!

myownwrstenmy 21/Nov/2004 at 05:37 PM
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Alot of great psychologists believe that the most self actualized beings are at peace with themselves, so maybe that explains a bit of why galadriel seemed a little bland. shes reached her full potential and is calm with it, that is, until frodo comes along with a power greater than herself which throws her into that angy thing, of course....
An Capall Dubh 21/Nov/2004 at 05:44 PM
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Sage, we certainly can’t blame Cate for the errors in the way she portrayed Galadriel,it can all be traced back to PJ & co.They wrote the script,the actors had to follow this,we have seen  much worse in the films.

Blackrose Bugg 21/Nov/2004 at 05:55 PM
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Where was the grief?  Galadriel has seen ages come and go, elves live and die by countless numbers, the imminent ending of her people, yet she is not touched by any of this?  There should have been a deep sadness, not an alien dispassionate, come here look at the water keep your ring series of things.  Elf she was, but not divorced from "human" emotions, surely.  That was what I missed.

Drachn’yel 22/Nov/2004 at 04:02 AM
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I read Lothlorien the other day and not once did I think ’mm - that’s not like Cate did in the films’ - While watching the films I thought she did alright and now I’ve read the books again since I haven’t seen anything to change my mind about her.  Cate did a good job.
Romenna 22/Nov/2004 at 05:39 AM
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I completely agree with Allithilueyn . cate sounded board all the time and i didn’t think that she seemed etheral or magical or even that kind. she was a bit like a schoo teacher, really serious. not how i’d imagined her at all.
Tinúviel 22/Nov/2004 at 11:31 AM
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I really liked the portrayal of Galadriel. Though the part where she is tempted by the ring, and appearing evil and such are good cinema-wise but not what happened in the book!!  However it does have the nice speak afterwards, "Even the smallest person can change the course of the future"
Linuial 22/Nov/2004 at 11:37 AM
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the funniest thing about Galadriel/Kate was her sassy little glances--like right before she got on the ship to Valinor, or when she helped Frodo up after he passed out...

and actually, Tinuviel, I thought her appearing ’evil’ was in keeping with what happened in the book--remember, Frodo saw her as ’changed’ when she says that bit about ’in place of a dark lord you would set up a queen...’ although, yes, it is perhaps a bit melodramatic. i thought it was an interesting visualization, though...
Simaril 23/Nov/2004 at 05:46 AM
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Where is Elenhir, when it comes to picking out the bad points of the movies its Elenhir who’s best at it!
Though without Elenhir here, I would say that she was not power hungy in the slightest but kept to a rather "old style" perfection, which I thought worked quite well. Though a persons perception of what perfect is will be differant in everyone of us.
Landy 23/Nov/2004 at 12:53 PM
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actually i was quite impressed by cate blanchett as galadriel, i thought that she was impressed just as i imagined her to be, not blank at all!! i mean i’m not even sure what you mean by blank, if you could elaborate on that? Cate blanchet has that very lofty air about her and i thought she was perfect for this part, i cant imagine another in her place.
Beragil 23/Nov/2004 at 07:41 PM
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She just makes it seem like she knows something that no one else knows.  But she is not telling them.  Like she didn’t want them to know.
Ireth Helyanwë 23/Nov/2004 at 11:09 PM
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I don’t really agree with you on that. I think Cate Blanchett is beautiful in LOTR. To me, she really does look like how she is portrayed in the book. I think she shows alot of emotion in her lines. Cate Blanchett was perfect for Galadriel.
Alameda Larkeye 24/Nov/2004 at 06:25 AM
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It’s interesting that you picked up on this.. I have to agree with you here [Despite the fact that IMOH Cate Blanchett as an actor, is amazingly talented] coming away from the movie, I felt that Galadriel was missing a certain something, a zest, a trace of humanity, and I think that BB has hit the nail right on the head, and stated exactly what i was sensing was amiss; there was no ’deep sadness’, no human emotions at all, really, she appeared compleately passive, almost indifferent. Certainly nothing like Galadriel from the books.
Allithilueyn 24/Nov/2004 at 11:38 AM
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Woah!! great feedback guys and ive read all your views, but i stand firm.......GALADRIEL COULD’VE BEEN MORE MAGICAL. but thanks ne ways peeps
Seles 26/Nov/2004 at 05:30 AM
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Aw well, at least she’s magical enough to turn green when tempted by accessories...
Tînk 26/Nov/2004 at 09:41 AM
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I was wondering about that.  I liked her in the movie, and in the book, but the movie did change my view of her a bit.  Cate did a wonderful job at the portrayal of Galadriel, but I didn’t like the one in the movie that much. 
arsar 27/Nov/2004 at 01:05 AM
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 i agree with leafax, the galadriel character came across (in my mind) a lot warmer in the books, however in the movies she was portrayed as a little aloof and scary (especially the green rage bit).  I always imagined her to be regal but also caring, loving etc.  the film makes her out to be almost untouchable, but the book makes her out to be open and sharing if you know what i mean...having said all that....cate blanchet does look incredibly devine and certainly has a stunningly ethereal voice, so i applaud the casting team for that!
Searogim 27/Nov/2004 at 05:10 AM
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I kind of agree with what you are saying arsar, although I think that Galadriel did come across as more caring during the rest of the movie, it was just during the Mirror of Galadriel that she seemed a little too harsh. 
Searogim 27/Nov/2004 at 05:10 AM
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I kind of agree with what you are saying arsar, although I think that Galadriel did come across as more caring during the rest of the movie, it was just during the Mirror of Galadriel that she seemed a little too harsh. 
Mechelle 27/Nov/2004 at 07:44 AM
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Let me tell you. I do not disagree with you. To me in the books, Galandriel seemed nice and perfect. In the movies, to me, Galandriel seemed kind of psychotic. She actually did not relate to the Galandriel in the book to me. I like Kate Blanchett, but I don’t think it was her fault that Galandriel did not seem like the same Galandriel in the movies.
Allithilueyn 27/Nov/2004 at 07:56 AM
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Thanks MECHELLE. my point exactly. xxx
Sáralissë 27/Nov/2004 at 11:17 AM
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I know....when my friends and family watch the Lord of the Rings movies, they are really confused about Galadriel. Don’t understand that she is supposed to be wonderful, perfect, enchanting. If I hadn’t read the books, I would probably think she was evil. But, you have to think, do you realize how hard it must be to make somebody look perfect? As for the green Galadriel, I think PJ just likes green. Have you noticed that he made the ghosts from the Paths of theDead green too?
Nenimé 27/Nov/2004 at 11:53 AM
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Mostly I liked the way Cate portrayed Galadriel. I loved her voice especially when she spoke in elvish and her appearance was done really well. I think you could really see her age and sadness. The only thing I slightly disagreed with was that I thought she was a bit too scary, lame word I know but the green thing and the way her eyes sort of flash at Frodo. I exspected her to be more gentle than that.
Searogim 28/Nov/2004 at 04:32 AM
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I agree with you Ney, the whole green thing just wasn’t the right way to portray Galadriel.  I always imagined her to be kind of intimidating, but not through being scary, more due to her presence and nobility.  But overall she was portrayed really well adn Cate Blanchett can not be critisised for her performance.
stybba 28/Nov/2004 at 01:57 PM
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Look, Cate Blanchett plays Arwen ie the fact that her and aragon have the mad love affair thing, did none of you even notice? When Cate first appears for example this is the pont where Galadriel appears in the book! Galadriel in the book is not female! The elf that arrives at helms deep in the second movie is meant to be galadriel, but no elfs show up at helms deep in the book. For some reason a troop of them show up in the film

~Nieriel~ 29/Nov/2004 at 03:52 AM
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i think that we see her like that because we didnt see her as much in the movies, in the books there was about three chapters on Lothlorien and Galadriel.  In the movies however, they didnt have that much time so they just took the most important part of that section and put it in, making us see her as scary and uncaring, but i thought that she was very kind and caring to Frodo after that was over, and she was very nice to Gimli.
Fiwen 29/Nov/2004 at 09:09 AM
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The first time I watched the films I thought that Galadriel was really scary, much more so than in the book, when she just appears terrifying for a while, but now I think that she was portrayed well, but a bit different from the book. The thing I did not like was the fact that Sam did not go to the mirror with Frodo and Galadriel, but stayed asleep behind.
~Nieriel~ 29/Nov/2004 at 11:08 AM
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Fiwen- oh well, having Sam go really doesnt help the plot any. i know what you mean though, when i first saw the film (before reading the book) i wasnt very good with there names so i called her the freaky- elf-lady.

~Nieriel~ 29/Nov/2004 at 11:11 AM
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Stybba- what?? i dont get what you are saying?? What do you mean Galadriel wasnt female?? of course she was female! she was the Lady of the wood.  Celeborn was her HUSBAND (not wife).  and what elf that shows up at Helm’s Deep?? they aren’t supposed to be there at all.

P.S. just to say, in case this came off wrong, i’m not yelling, just confused.

stybba 30/Nov/2004 at 04:37 AM
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sorry, I am totally off the mark. I was just confused by the film because when Arragon fist meets Arwen (bad spelling, don’t have the book at hand) he is suppossed to meet a male elf with a simillar name to galadriel. Now in the second movie this elf appears at helms deep (I thought his name was Galadriel, sorry) with a host of reinforcements. And you are very right indeed, not an elf in the land (bar Legolas) is meant to be there.

Sorry for my confused babble, you would have been right to be shouting! In my opinion the movies have really just messed around with the book, adding plot points and removing characters. The book should have been reproduced in full, or not made into a movie at all. You just can’t alter a master-piece!!


LucasAurelius 30/Nov/2004 at 07:43 AM
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Well hey, stybba is a new soul (like me! ) and just got confused that is all. I know we’ve all probably been like  about something in the movie at one point in time. stybba is here to learn with us...but just remember, stubba, and repeat after me...Galdrial is a female, Galadrial is a femal!  a hard time am i giving you, so no worries mate!
LucasAurelius 30/Nov/2004 at 07:47 AM
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I got so inraptured (sp?) with talking to stybbam that I forgot to post my thoughts.  Lucas the Forgetful...or greatly preoccupied. No, I thought Cate B. as Galadrial was sheer brilliance. She was one of my most favorite charecters in the entire movie. i mean, she pulled off the beauty, the elvish mannerisms, and the acting as a whole was great. so, yes, i am a blanchette supporter in this forum!
Arnyn Dealedwen 30/Nov/2004 at 11:35 AM
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I also loved Blanchett’s voice. It sounds Elvish, and she has an awesome Galadriel look as well, with all that make up. I thought she was beautiful indeed, and although the green stuff was weird, I never disliked it completely. Cate also sounded very wise.
But in RoTK I didn’t like her. Those smiles were to wide and it didn’t make her look like the Galadriel of FoTR.
cioLAN 30/Nov/2004 at 11:55 AM
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Cate Blanchett’s role as Galadriel was well played but for me Ian McKellen played a much better role and Christopher Lee used his voice very well during the movies. Galadriel’s voice has to be wise, like all elves’s voices.

Maethordess 30/Nov/2004 at 03:05 PM
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I read the book after the movie, but I think that Cate Blanchett did a very good job. Everything about her was very elvish like and elegant. Also the fact the Peter Jackson had kind of Chrismas lights to be reflected in her eyes also helped alot.
thegreyrider 02/Dec/2004 at 07:59 PM
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i can’t really agree. Cate is a great actress and i think she played the part quite well, theonly snag being that she made the chracter too human (but come on people, don’t we love to watch people make human mistakes?) i think that she changed some of the things in the book and made a more scary chracter, but that’s the only thing i didn’t like about her (especailly the part where she tried to take the ring from frodo)
~Nieriel~ 04/Dec/2004 at 10:40 AM
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Stybba- that’s ok, i was just confused.

Hot-Head 04/Dec/2004 at 02:38 PM
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hmmm, personlly i think that Cate Blanchett was a perfect cast. Her voice completely sold me, absolutely incredible, she sounded wise beyond many millenia.
And i dont think that she was supposed to be overly friendly neither.

Aiwë Nenharma 06/Dec/2004 at 08:40 AM
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I think, that Cate played well in the movies (except when speaking about Quenya... :P ) maybe only her voice wasn’t fitting in, i thought that it was higher and brighter, not so deep. :)
Mantale 06/Dec/2004 at 12:45 PM
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I have really never gave it much thought,but the way you put it I have to agree.

Sage_Ryo 07/Dec/2004 at 12:57 PM
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I can see were you are coming from. I thought she was a little power hungry, and a bit weired . Though I thought that she was done very well. It would be very hard to get Galadriels part down as nice as it is in the books she is just so complexe. She has the elvien beuty that I think no one on earth could match and no way that makup could have any one look like her. I think for with what she had Cate it an excelent job.
Lèŋatĥ 29/Dec/2004 at 10:12 AM
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I for one find Galadriel being quite near perfect in the movies. Cate Balnchett did a wonderful job. And though she (I mean Galadriel) might have been just an itsy-bitsy weird, but then again she was very very wise... maybe it comes from  the great amount of wisdom.
Star Flower 29/Dec/2004 at 11:00 AM
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Hehe.  I thought her voice was a wee bit strange but then again, what can I do? I thought her style of acting was impressive, to act out such a powerful and beautiful being in Lord of the Rings must have been a huge task for her. I thought she played her quite well, except for that part by the Mirror...that was odd.
Celinawyn 29/Dec/2004 at 11:48 AM
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On the whole I think that Cate Blanchett was very good in the role of Galadriel, because she has the right looks and a certain mysterious facial expression. The way she looks at Frodo at the very ending in Mithlondi s also quite impressive. There is some depth in her vision and it shows the years and years she lived in ME quite well. I think Galadriel was mysterious enough and a wee bit scary even, despite her wisdom.

Aerlin Findrel 29/Dec/2004 at 02:11 PM
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I actually have to agree with what BB said, about how Galadriel should have had a bit more grief in her than what was portrayed in the movies. Whenever Cate Blanchett (who I thought did a great job as Galadriel, minus this one little bit) was on screen, she usually had a look in her eyes like she had a hidden happiness in her, rather than the sadness of the ages. Although this happened more in RotK than FotR, Galadriel had a childish look in her eyes, especially when she boarded the ship to the Grey Havens. She shoulda been more grieved!!
Airewethien 29/Dec/2004 at 09:05 PM
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I think that Galadriel was ok really. I mean yes there are things to improve on. But at least in the first movie, they did a really awesome job making her really creepy. She is after all a very mysterious elf with great power, it seems fitting that she would be portrayed as kinda scary. In the second two, she seemed a bit different, which i thought could have been better, tho I can’t exactly say how.
Aisil 30/Dec/2004 at 07:20 AM
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yes, I agree with airewthien, she was ok but she could have been better. I think she looked really cool and they "scary" thing was a great way to show how powerfull she is, I must be powerfull if you can turn yourself green....I can`t
masterdoun 02/Jan/2005 at 12:29 PM
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Turning green to show power. I don’t think so. I think that the green was the conflict inside her as she decided whether or not to take and use the one ring. When she makes her mind up and returns to normality she does not take the ring and says she will leave and sail. Bit freaky though. Don’t remember it from the book.

Master Doun

Storm Banba 02/Jan/2005 at 02:05 PM
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Uhm I liked the portrayal of Galadriel in the film, it fitted my image from reading the books. If you read the Silmarillion you will see that she was indeed desirous of power and that is why she came to middle earth and left Valinor. Galadriel is one powerful elf. I guess we all have our own images when we read but are forced to accept one persons when we see a film.
Miriath 05/Jan/2005 at 05:22 PM
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See I see Galadriel as this incredibly nobel Elf, she carries this air of importance that  you feel while watching the movie.  She seems to graceful, elegent, well perfect.  She has the air and hauginess of the elven race with her.  So  I don’t see what you’re view it, she seemed pretty close to perfect to me.