If there’s one element of the classic LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy that kinda sucked, it was the representation of the elves. Sure, Legolas was an arrow slinging badass, and Elrond had his moments, but for the most part… they were a bunch of effeminate freaks. In an attempt to convey their “otherworldliness”, Peter Jackson relied on some pretty bizarre design choices, and I could think of was “Man, that sure is a fuck ton of makeup on that dude”. And not in an awesome David Bowie/Goblin King way… I’m talking straight up ‘dude looks like a lady’.
Then THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY came along, and even though Jackson relied too heavily on CGI for the greater breadth of storytelling, the elves were spot on. The strange mixture of CGI, color manipulation, and languid acting really helped convey the whole “We’re old, weary, and real tired of Dwarf bullshit” sentiment.
Well, here’s a picture of Empire Magazine’s new cover, featuring Legolas, Thranduil, and Tauriel in all of their forest elf glory from THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG… and they look so badass!