He can sure make me think ‘holy fucking crap’.
I’ve been thinking about this since I left the cinema having watched WotW. Very very few films have had the ability to tug my heart strings. WotW wasn’t one of them. RotK was. (the scene where sam picks up frodo).
I had to wonder if someone other than Spielberg could have done better with certain emotional scenes (see spoiler 1)
But then I realize that none of the dramatic scenes in the three LotR movies come close to that ‘holy shit’ feeling I got from watching [see spoiler 2].
1 The reunitation between father and son. The realization that the daughter is ok. The shock that the daughter seems to be lost, and judging by what’s gone before, the chances of her being alive seem to be nil.
2 The first tripod emerge from the ground. That one scene was by far my favourite in the entire movie.