What a glorious finale The Return of the King is

What a glorious finale The Return of the King is

There has never been a cinematic endeavor based on a more daunting…or more beloved…literary work. There have never been motion pictures of the magnitude undertaken by co-writer/director Peter Jackson and his production team. The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy will endure forever as one of the most bold and audacious enterprises in the history of cinema. It is, quite simply, a seminal event. Other projects (for example, a movie filmed in space) are already being considered ;…

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The Return Of The King Has Finally Put The Ring To Rest

The Return Of The King Has Finally Put The Ring To Rest

And so all good things come to an end. For three years in a row, Peter Jackson has banished our winter sorrows with the individual installments of his Tolkien trilogy, effectively shifting the focus of our cinematic entanglement from the summer months to the end of the year. But now that his hit has been revealed in its entirety, what will be the lasting effects of his accomplishment? Well, grand-scale fantasy filmmaking is back on…

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The Two Towers and its huge achievements

The Two Towers and its huge achievements

On December 18, 2002, Peter Jackson released the middle chapter of his Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Two Towers. The film went on to nab six Oscar nominations at the 75th Academy Awards. The Hollywood Reporter’s original review is below. Well on its way to becoming one of the biggest accomplishment in cinema history with last year’s Oscar-winning first film, moviemaker Peter Jackson’s huge realization of The Lord of the Rings epic by J.R.R. Tolkien continues with The Lord of the…

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Mr. Jackson’s major accomplishments in ”Lord of the Rings: ‘The Two Towers ”

Mr. Jackson’s major accomplishments in ”Lord of the Rings: ‘The Two Towers ”

The director Peter Jackson’s huge devotion to the soul of J. R. R. Tolkien’s ”Lord of the Rings” trilogy manifests itself in a gripping, intense fashion for the second of the film adaptations, ”The Two Towers.” It may be the first sequel that does not bother to continue the huge plot elements of its predecessor instantly; the plan is to just drop us right into the action. Even for those deeply immersed in the material,…

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The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King: Forget The Two Towers, This Installment Is More Mind-Blowing Than Ever!

The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King: Forget The Two Towers, This Installment Is More Mind-Blowing Than Ever!

It is finished. It is all over. The mighty conflict is at an end. And we, the stunned and shellshocked audience for Peter Jackson’s major fantasy ultra-epic are permitted to disperse, as across the battlefield at sunset, picking our way through the horse-cadavers, twitching orcs and fallen warriors. No flabber has been left ungasted by Mr Jackson’s mighty battle sequences, nor no gob unsmacked. After 3 hours and 21 minutes of devastatingly sustained attack, underpinned…

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Lord of the Rings Return of the King – A Crowd-Pleasing Masterpiece

Lord of the Rings Return of the King – A Crowd-Pleasing Masterpiece

The full arc is finally visible, and the Lord of the Rings trilogy comes into final focus. I love it more as a whole than in its pieces. The second film was inconclusive, and lost its way in the midst of spectacle. But “Return of the King” sends its characters to their destinies with a huge and eloquent confidence. This is the best of the three, redeems the earlier meandering, and certifies the “Ring” trilogy…

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Traditional action heroes of the Tolkien trilogy in The Two Towers

Traditional action heroes of the Tolkien trilogy in The Two Towers

With “Lord of the Rings The Two Towers,” it’s evident that director Peter Jackson has tilted the balance decisively against the hobbits and in favor of the traditional action figures of the Tolkien trilogy. The star is now clearly Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), and the hobbits spend much of the movie away from the action. The last third of the film is dominated by an epic battle sequence that would undoubtedly startle the gentle medievalist J.R.R. Tolkien. The…

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The Two Towers is destined to position Lord Of The Rings among the best movie

The Two Towers is destined to position Lord Of The Rings among the best movie

Peter Jackson has always kept that The Two Towers is “the second act” of his magnificent undertaking, and probably the true greatness of the middle chapter will only be evident when viewed in context. As a stand-alone film, however, The Two Towers is not quite as good as Fellowship. (Nor, indeed, does it extend the universe or deepen the relationships in the manner of The Empire Strikes Back.) That it still merits the full five…

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A Quick Look At The Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring

A Quick Look At The Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring

Since JRR Tolkien published his mighty head-trip epic in the 1950s, its influence has got everywhere in popular culture: in games, the fantasy genre, and for a while of course in music. Peter Jackson’s reverent screen version of Tolkien’s first volume, The Fellowship of the Ring seems similar from certain aspects nothing so much as a 178-minute electric mandolin solo. Obviously, the stately texts that Tolkien taught at Oxford have crashed further out of fashion…

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LORD OF THE RINGS THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING Is Remarkably Well Crafted

LORD OF THE RINGS THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING Is Remarkably Well Crafted

We find Hobbits with qualities that can’t be visualized. In my mind, they are good-hearted, bustling, chatty little creatures who live in twee houses or burrows, and dress like the merry men of Robin Hood–in smaller sizes, of course. They eat seven or eight times a day, like to take naps, have never been far from home and have eyes that grow wide at the sounds of the night. They are like children grown up…

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More to come after Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring

More to come after Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring

Peter Jackson emphasizes the territorial nature of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth by amazingly playing with lines of division. Frodo Baggins (played by Elijah Wood) and Sam Gangee (Sean Astin) escape from the Shire with the Great Ring in tow. Sam stops, noting that with his next step he’ll be at the furthest point he has ever been from the Shire. A scarecrow appears over the proceedings and Frodo leads Sam into the rocky terrain of the…

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Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring

Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring

There are two kinds of people probably sharing the same dread about the movie adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien‘s ornate and busy ”Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring” — its most loving adherents and those who have spent whole their lives avoiding the novels. But none of them is likely to be disappointed by the director Peter Jackson’s altogether heroic job in tackling perhaps the most challenging nerd/academic fantasy epic ever….

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The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies – It’s Over!

The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies – It’s Over!

It’s that time of year again: a time for sharing and giving, for reuniting with family and loved ones, and for the release of yet another chapter of Peter Jackson’s appallingly over-extended Hobbit series. (Alternative title: There and Back Again and Again and Again.) Two years ago, when the first film in the trilogy was released, I described it as a borderline remake of Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films; last year, I called the second movie “bad fan-fiction.” Now that the third…

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The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies is the worst

The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies is the worst

Every time Peter Jackson comes back to Middle-Earth, we expect something special. All of his Lord of the Rings films got Best Picture nominations and while The Hobbit films haven’t lived up to the achievement of the first three movies, they’ve had their moments. In my reviews of An Unexpected Journey, and The Desolation of Smaug I found things to like about each film, despite their flaws. So, following the trajectory of the first trilogy, I hoped The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies…

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The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies – Visually stunning

The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies – Visually stunning

It started with an Unexpected Journey that was supposed to take Bilbo Baggins on an adventure There and Back Again. But a creative – or financial – decision was made that meant Bilbo’s expedition instead led to The Desolation of Smaug, and finally, to this moment: The Battle of the Five Armies. It’s been an amazing effort by co-writer and director Peter Jackson, making his own surprising return to Middle-earth to finish what he started…

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