I am… underwhelmed. (Everything that follows is basically just my own opinion, so of course feel free to disagree, etc etc)
First of all, I think the “let’s shove seven different posters together and call it a ‘tapestry’” thing is hilariously symbolic of the almost painfully under-edited movies themselves. It’s not my favorite look. So, since it just makes more sense, I’ll be talking about the “tapestry” as if it were actually seven separate posters. Most of them are cool. You know, action movie posters, about what you’d expect. I especially liked the Smaug/Bard one. Very epic.
But a couple of them sort of stood out to me. And not in a good way. If you’ve been anywhere near Tumblr’s Hobbit fandom today, you probably already know what I’m getting at, but here are the posters in question:
Ah, yes, our leading ladies. On the left we have Galadriel, the most powerful woman in Middle Earth (and, depending on which books you’re citing, arguably the most powerful elf in history, and contender for the position of most powerful person in Middle Earth overall.) And on the right we have Tauriel, captain of the guard, whose bad-ass cred PJ spent half of the last movie establishing. And for some reason, neither of them seem to be capable of standing on their own two feet.
Now, if you’re feeling argumentative, you’ll probably point out that Gandalf too is feeling a little upright-challenged right now. But his “moment of weakness” is redeemed in the far right of the full “tapestry” (this site has a great close-up version of the whole image) standing fully upright and holding trusty Glamdring. So his image is balanced out. You might also argue that there’s no shame in falling down sometimes, and that the greatest heroes are in fact known for their ability to pick themselves up again. Also true. I’ve no problem with Tauriel and Galadriel having their more vulnerable moments in the film itself. But this tapestry isn’t a movie. It’s a split-second representation of the movie that not only reveals how the movie-makers feel about their characters, but also shapes the preconceptions of the viewers before they ever see the movie.
I’ll be honest, I was hoping for a lot more from Peter Jackson and company. Seeing them succumb to Hollywood’s tired and sexist tactic of emphasizing the vulnerability of female characters, while literally surrounding them with confident and strong males is… disappointing. A picture’s worth a thousand words, but today I only feel like giving this one 424.
Fëanáro: who cares, I only want grandson feels
Tyelpë: grandson doesn’t want u to feel him tho
Fëanáro: don’t be a dick, Tyelpe
Tyelpë: if i was i especially wouldn’t want you touching me
Fëanáro: well, this is a legit answer
Fëanáro: let granddad hug you though
Fëanáro: (that’s a weird image, Feanor is so shit with interpersonal relationships)