2021 Movie Draft- Round 1 Pick 5- Hanspostcard selects a SERIES- The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy Series- The Fellowship Of The Ring/ The Two Towers/ The Return Of The King.
One of the things I missed in 2020 was going to the cinema to watch movies on the big screen. The last movie my wife and I went to was nearly a year ago to see 1917. That was a movie to see on the big screen. There are some movies where I don’t think it matters much- big screen or television. I have seen a number of old classics on the big screen over the years- “Lawrence Of Arabia”, ‘Gone With The Wind”, “Citizen Kane”, “It’s A Wonderful Life”, “Dr. Zhivago” all come to mind. Also some great movies from my time-Jaws sticks out as a great movie that must be seen on the big screen. The Star Wars movies- I must admit that I didn’t see it on the big screen back when they originally ran- but in the late 90’s when they were briefly re-released I did- and they came across much greater on the big screen than they do on television. But when I think of seeing movies at the cinema I think first of The Lord Of The Rings series.
Based on the books by J.R.R. Tolkien- the three part movie was directed by Peter Jackson. An ambitious project- the fantasy adventure series of film came out in the late autumn three years in a row- 2001-2003. I was really anticipating this series- and wasn’t a big disappointed. I can recall at the end of The Fellowship Of The Ring sitting in the theater and thinking- it’s going to be a long years wait until Two Towers.
These films are still going strong in popularity nearly 20 years later- I am not going to give a big summary on it- since most reading this most likely saw it in the theaters or on DVD/ television. Civilization hangs on a thread as a ring- lost for centuries is found- and must be destroyed to be kept from the hands of powerful evil forces. The films take you on the journey where the Ringbearer Frodo and his companions seek to destroy the ring in the only place it can be destroyed -the fires of Mount Doom.
My favorite character in the movie- Sam- Frodo’s loyal to the end friend. Tolkien has said that the hero of the story wasn’t Frodo- it was Sam. Without Sam Frodo doesn’t make it very far. Everyone needs a friend like Samwise Gamgee.
I saw each movie twice in the theaters while they were originally out- then of course bought the extended versions of each movie when they came out on DVD. I have no idea how many times I’ve watched them. My all time favorite movie experience- I think it was in 2012 or 2013 for one day- the extended versions were re-released in the theater. All told the extended versions run 11 1/2 hours. They had half hour breaks between the movies- so we spent around 14 hours at the theater that Sunday watching all three movies in a row.I wish they would do this again. I’d be first in line. I enjoy these movies in the television screen but nothing beats the theater experience with these movies.
Having said I love these movies- the books are even greater. Not a criticism of Peter Jackson- I can’t imagine anyone doing a better job than he did in capturing the book in a movie series but the books give you more detail and the movies don’t have every character in the book in it. Also- of note the soundtracks to the movies- I usually play them when I read the books- the soundtracks to the movie were done by Howard Shore.
Note- As much as I loved The Lord Of The Rings movies- I was totally disappointed in The Hobbit movies which came around a decade later. I saw them once in the theaters and haven’t watched them once since- let along buy the DVD’s. Maybe I should give them another try.