Based on the best-selling novel written by J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy was the most ambitious project ever made at the time. Many filmmakers considered the project to be impossible to film due to the technical limitations, and the sheer amount of content that would be extremely difficult to showcase on the big screen.
Peter Jackson, however, had different plans and spent over three years alone on preproduction. All the three films were filmed simultaneously in New Zealand from 11 October 1999 until 22 December 2000, with pick-up shots being done from 2001 to 2004.
Jackson also made sure that every film got at least one year in post-production so that he could cut it down without stress. This was one of the biggest and most ambitious film projects ever undertaken, with a budget of $281 million.
The risks paid off, as The Lord of The Rings became a global phenomenon, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential film series ever made. The films were successful financially as well, with series earning over $2.981 billion worldwide, making it one of the highest-grossing film series of all time.
The film also tells the stories of Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli as they come to the war-torn nation of Rohan and are reunited with the resurrected Gandalf, in their fight against Saruman’ army in Helm’s Deep. Whereas the first film did a fantastic job of introducing us to the universe of Lord of The Rings, and acts as an introductory chapter to all the characters, I think that The Two Towers is the peak of Peter Jackson’s trilogy. The characters were well realized at this point, and The Two Towers builds on that, and delivers one of the most thrilling experiences ever offered.
The film has everything that you would expect from a Lord of the Rings films, and it even manages to exceed your expectations. The film is full of epic moments, that will stay with you long after the credits roll. What makes The Two Towers so special, is the way it tells all the three stories. The story of Sam and Frodo is told in a beautiful way, and is thrilling, thanks to the introduction of Gollum.
Andy Serkis delivers a stunning performance, and brings the character of Gollum to life. He is creepy, evil, yet has a sense of sadness around him. And then there is the epic battle of Helm’s Deep, which is by far one of my most favorite war battles in any movie. All these factors make The Two Towers the perfect sequel, and the perfect film
on the trilogy.
Whereas Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli and the rest join forces together to fight against the army of Sauron in Minas Tirith. The Return of the King is the perfect conclusion to the epic trilogy, and manages to end things on a high. The film is action packed, full of epic battles, and stunning visual effects never before seen in a film.
The film is more intense and epic than the previous films in the series, and has a sense of urgency in it. Despite being over 3 Hours and 20 minutes long, the film never slows down, or gets boring. The film is a visual masterpiece, and is a joy to look at, Peter Jackson’s vision is truly realized in this film, and what you get from it is and epic conclusion, to one of the most beloved film series of all time.
The first instalment in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Fellowship of the Ring tells the story of a young hobbit, Frodo, who is entrusted with the task of destroying the One Ring, of the Dark Lord Sauron, this beginning his journey with eight companions to Mount Doom, the only place where it can be destroyed. My only problem with the film is that it drags on a little too long, and given the lore and of the source material, it was an impossible task to introduce the characters and the setting without doing so.
Despite being a little light on action, the film is still filled with epic moments, that will have your jaw drop on the floor. The narration is epic, and sends chills down your spine, and the introduction of Nazgul is a thrilling experience that you won’t forget anytime soon after watching the film. The awesome encounter against Balrog brings a sense of epicenes to the film, and the sacrifice of Gandalf and the breaking of the Fellowship serves as a perfect cliff hanger for the sequels.
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