Let’s talk movies.
Last month, my good friends Scarfy Conly, Krüz Wolf, and Naka of Subwuffer Entertainment Treehouse, sent me a “Lord of the Rings” trilogy Extended Edition Blu-ray set. It arrived at my house just before my trip to Biggest Little Fur Con.
Recently, my friends have asked me if I could post my thoughts about the movies. I’ll be front with all of you: I am not a movie critic and heading to the cinemas is something I don’t do on a regular basis. After watching the “Lord of the Rings” series for the first time, which I have not seen in the theaters nor read the novels, I have a few thoughts I’d like to share.
The trilogy set includes “Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring” (2001), “Lord of the Rings: Two Towers” (2002), and “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King” (2003), all directed by Peter Jackson and based on the fantasy novel by J. R. R. Tolkein. Each of the extended episode is about four hours long. That’s pretty much nearly twelve hours of watching time. The first episode I watched on a Monday prior to BLFC, and the other two I watched the weekend after BLFC.
Set in the fantasy world of Middle-earth, hobbit Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) and companion, Samwise Gamgee (Sean Astin) set out on a quest to destroy the One Ring at Mount Doom in Mordor, to ensure the destruction of its maker, Dark Lord Sauron. Frodo and Sam are joined by the wizard Gandalf, the elf Legolas, the dwarf Gimli, two men Aragron and Boromir, and hobbits Merry and Pippin.
The “Lord of the Rings” story was very interesting and exciting. It had a continuous flow, although with some surprises that caught me off guard. I enjoy a movie that comes with surprises and not an expected or predictable outcome.
The bond between Frodo and Samwise was strong with trust and dedication for each other, in good and bad times. Meanwhile, the duel between Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and Saruman (Christopher Lee) left me on the edge of my seat in excitement and admiration for the late Christopher Lee. Smeágol/Gollum (Andy Serkis) flipping personalities and speaking made him one of the more annoying characters.
I have strong admiration for the costume and effects in the movie. The design, makeup, and costuming I thought was extremely detailed, especially on the hobbits, elves, Orcs, and wizards. The practical effects were stunning. The setting of city of Minas Tirith, Mount Doom, Tower of Orthanc, oversized mammoths and raptors amazing for a fantasy movie. The Ents tree, however, made me start thinking about “Guardians of the Galaxy’s” Groot.
Howard Shore’s score throughout the movie flowed evenly with the picture. I thought it didn’t overpower the movie, which makes it more enjoyable. The same is said about the sound effects.
“Lord of the Rings” series had one thing that has captured my interest: the picture. The combination of the setting, characters, and action with the camera work was something to admire. It was one of the finest cinematography work that I have seen.
“Lord of the Rings” series was worth the watch, particularly the Extended Edition. I’ll watch this series again during the cold, dreary winter weekend. Very entertaining.
Thanks again, Scarfy, Krüz, and Naka!
Note: This was a recovered post that originated on June 18, 2017.