Peter Jackson, director of slapstick gore flicks like Dead Alive, opened up a world of majesty and depth with his adaption of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings”. The film created a business around itself in the set-design and prop industry; every scene, especially at the beginning, is occupied with middle-earth props and nick-knacks. The hobbits, the most important being Frodo (Elijah Wood), Sam, Merry and Pippin, dressed in green attire, with bare feet covered in wool-like hair. Their is a real acuteness to the acclaimed source material, and it remains consistently through out the trilogy.
The lore behind the film has been popular ever since the Oxford professor published them, originally creating one book after the success of The Hobbit, it turned into a trilogy. Some imagination for a professor who was allegedly a pretty dull teacher. The films plot is traceable to the person who hasn’t read the material, also; It starts out with the celebration of Bilbo’s birthday, which ends with Gandalf, the great grey Wizard, finding out that Bilbo holds a very dangerous and important ring. Gandalf has Frodo keep it until he does a little research, and he leaves with haste, spending his time flipping through old texts. The ring, he discovers, must be destroyed: Frodo, with Sam, leave their home, the shire, to a meeting with Gandalf and the races, to discuss the quest, and it ends with Frodo volunteering to deliver it, and as a hobbit the races do not fear that he strives for power, or any conspicuous motivation: he’s a peace-loving young hobbit.
The cinematography that is accomplished in The Lord of the Rings is a huge feat; through nature shots taken in New Zealand, the shimmering beauty of lakes and autumn leaves puts us straight in the center of the world of Middle-Earth. The Orcs are introduced in the final scenes to a very appealing and entertaining effect, an introduction to the violence of the next films. The thing that makes Orcs so pivotal and appealing, is that they are so ugly and hate-centered that we are fine seeing our heroes shred them apart. They are scary and deserved punishment, although they seem to have free-will, and the good vs. evil theme is not guilty of itself here.
The film boasts great performances all around, and is an amazing tribute to Tolkien’s world and mythology: A truly groundbreaking cinematic experience.