directed by Peter Jackson
I am reviewing Peter Jackson’s monumental film adaption of the Tolkien’s trilogy as one massive film because, after all, that’s what it is and what it was always designed to be. Jackson’s vision is almost as colossal as Tolkien’s original material, a bridge between the ancient Norse and Anglo Saxon mythology and the modern world. LOTR tells the story of the epic and eternal struggle between good and evil, as seen largely through the eyes of a simple hobbit named Frodo Baggins. The cast is all of them superb, from Elijah Wood to Cate Blanchett to Ian Holm to Sean Bean to David Wenham. Shining brightest of all the stars would have to be Viggo Mortensen, who so embodies the noble hero of Man, Aragorn, that all of his roles from here to eternity will be overshadowed by his accomplishment. I cannot neglect mentioning the tremendous feat of Andy Serkis, who voiced and modeled for the parasitic Gollum, the creature we all fear to hate because we can somehow understand his torment. Peter Jackson filmed the entire trilogy of films in one go, and the result has a fluidity and a cohesiveness that other film series lack. Now, I love the original Star Wars trilogy (I wish the new trilogy would go somewhere and die), but there is something jarring about the obvious passage of time that no one addresses in the films. Not so with LOTR, and Jackson’s direction combines his love for creature films (most obvious in King Kong) and eerie drama (best exemplified in Heavenly Creatures). The special effects still hold up pretty well, the story practically begs for you get onboard and root for the Fellowship, and to dig in and watch the entire trilogy in one go is a truly satisfying experience. If you have the means, I highly recommend doing it up. It’s so choice.