The Lord of the Rings
2001, 2002, 2003
Directed by Peter Jackson
As you could probably tell from previous posts, I am a bit of a nerd. Consequently, I love the Lord of the Rings. I even have a map of Middle Earth in my bedroom, which, I assure you, is quite the man magnet. I also own my own Evenstar Pendant. You know what, I should probably stop sharing.
The Powers That Be have condensed the trilogy into one entry on the List. One entry to rule them all...Okay, that one even made me groan. Regardless, I think this is cheating a bit, as I think Jackson did a brilliant job of making each movie a self contained adventure. In any case, it is a bit difficult to summarize twelve hours worth of excitement in a short paragraph. Let's just say even the smallest person can change the course of the future.
So basically, these films (and books) are the best that the fantasy world has to offer. Obviously the special effects and battle sequences are absolutely spectacular, but I loved the less flashy scenes in this series just as much. The friendship between the characters is incredibly powerful and I am pretty sure my Best Line Oscar nominations for the 2000s will consist solely of quotes from this film. I also thought the acting was spectacular but that might just be because I'm in love with half of the cast.
I could go on and on about this series, but I suppose I will end it here by saying that the Lord of the Rings is pretty much perfect. Also, apparently Viggo Mortensen is a talented swordsman in real life which is...interesting to all of us.
Andy Serkis drank "Gollum juice" (honey, lemon, and ginger) to keep his throat lubricated for his vocal performance.
Gimli's armor weighed 66 pounds.
Kate Winslet was offered the role of Eowyn.