LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY-2001, 2002, 2003
A hobbit who has a wizard friend embarks on a journey with his best friend Sam and 2 mischievous hobbits, to bring the ring, that everyone covets, back to Mordor and throw that thing, the ring, not Gollum, back into the volcano from where it originated.
This stars Sir Ian McLellan, Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Viggo (be still my heart) Mortensen, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, talking trees, a few thousand orcs, a butterfly, a huge bird and one bad ass jerk who wants that ring.
I love these films that few thought could ever be filmed, but Peter Jackson made that possible and directed a great trilogy that won tons of Oscars but only a ton in the final instalment. Personally, "May It Be", the song sung by Enya, in the first film, should have won. Christopher Lee was the unofficial expert on the film because he read the books every year since they came out and was friends with the author, Tolkien. I also love the fact that Peter Jackson owns one of the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang cars and drove some of the actors around the set in New Zealand.
One of these days I need to put my other books aside and reread these classics. I have watched the videos many times. Love them and did use the books as an A to Z theme several years ago.ReplyDelete
I bought the videos at the time but haven't watched them since. Have also read the books. They really were brilliant considering he came up with ideas that have been used by hundreds of authors since.ReplyDelete
I guess my luck with these A to Z movies ran out here. I've never seen these. Somehow, they didn't interest me when they came out, although all my sci fi friends went ape over them.ReplyDelete
I read the books in high school, everyone was, and saw all three movies in the theater. Peter Jackson did a great job like you said, with the trilogy people thought could never be filmed effectively.ReplyDelete
Hi Birgit - Lord of the Rings was pretty amazing and Peter Jackson achieved so much with the films ... they've certainly captured this generation's imagination - all ages - cheers HilaryReplyDelete
I've seen these, but they were just so long. Sacrilege for a fantasy aficionado like me, but they were just not my thing.ReplyDelete
One of the biggest artistic achievements in cinema history, spurred a revolution in geek moviemaking, even more so than the Star Wars prequels or Harry Potter.ReplyDelete
I first encountered the story when the Ralph Bakshi version came out forty years ago. I saw all of LOTR, and fell asleep during a video viewing of the second film at home. I just never got into it like so many millions have.ReplyDelete
I enjoyed the movies. Sure one of the biggest trilogies ever put to screen.ReplyDelete
I can't join the chorus of "I've seen it" or "I haven't seen it and I plan to see it someday. I'll have to do that someday." I haven't seen it and I'm not gonna see it. I'm more interested in the future than the past and I don't like Star Wars nor Star Trek neither. Old school, a fan of the 20th century, I must say that I like Mia Farrow and - everybody knows what movie it is - starred in the greatest horror movie of all time. Fiction somewhat in league well at least in the ballpark of non-fiction. Outside-of-the 20th or 21st Century "This never happened or will happen" is just too out of bounds. I haven't read nor seen the Lord Of The Rings. I also don't believe Princess Diana was killed by the royal family because she knew Queen Elizabeth was a shape shifter. Not a fan of fiction untethered to reality. I do enjoy your reviews as inspiring and well-written.ReplyDelete
The trees were the best!ReplyDelete
My English teacher let us watch all of them back in 2005, it was awesomeReplyDelete
I've got the DVD trilogy set. We watched the first two several years ago. I still want to see part 3 but now I feel like I need to go back to start from the beginning again.ReplyDelete
Tossing It Out
I've seen all three. The first one was my favorite.ReplyDelete
I have all the extended editions. Beautiful! Did you know Christopher Lee could sing, and played Treebeard on a recording by the Tolkien Ensemble? They were a group of musicians who got together to perform all of Tolkien’s songs and poems, including Treebeard’s ones. Christopher Lee took up acting after being unable to go overseas to study opera, but he had an operatic bass and hearing him doing Treebeard’s “harrumphs” was a delightful experience.ReplyDelete
I too loved this trilogy!ReplyDelete