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The 2000’s movie trilogy

November 25, 2009

‘We travel light. Let’s hunt some Orc.’

George Lucas came up with the Star Wars trilogy*, which has reigned over the popular cinema since then. To a lesser extent, the Indiana Jones trilogy* that he produced also left its mark on entertainment and pop culture.

*: Star Wars and Indiana Jones are trilogies, no matter Spielberg and Lucas would like you to think.

Then, in the end of 2001, 2002 and 2003, Peter Jackson successively brought us the movies that would become the major trilogy of this decade, The Lord of the Rings.

Epic story, lyrical scenes, numerous huge battles, hi-tech visuals, and thousands of fully costumed extras; all of these elements assembled in the sole purpose of promoting New Zealand as a tourism resort.

The Fellowship introduces us to the historical context, numerous characters and peoples of the Middle-earth. Sometimes lenghty, but mostly amazing. Highlights: the intro, the formation of the fellowship, ‘You shall not pass’, Legolas’ charisma, and the astonishing Balrog.

Action fans (I’m one of them) achieved satisfaction (not literally though) with the second part of the trilogy. Highlights: the battle of Helm’s deep, Gollum’s quotes (‘My precious…’), Legolas skating.

The conclusion witnesses the rise of Aragorn as a king. The hobbit battle in the end of the book has been axed in the movie, a pity. However, this concludes in a magnificent way the trilogy. Highlights: Aragorn, Aragorn’s sword, Aragorn’s speech, Aragorn’s beloved one, and the ghost army.

I remember the thrill of hurriedly reading each book days and even hours before watching the corresponding movie in the theatre.

I recall the empathy I felt towards the characters: admiration for Legolas’ swiftness, esteem for Aragorn’s uprightness and commitment, awe of Gandalf’s authority.

During the battles, my friends and I almost raised from our seats; such tension and passion were something we had never experienced in a movie before.

‘Forth, and fear no darkness! Arise! Arise, Riders of Theoden! Spears shall be shaken, shields shall be splintered! A sword day… a red day… ere the sun rises! Death! Death! Death!

If you don’t feel aroused and wild watching this video, then your heart is hollow and empty.

For all the aforementioned reasons, The Lord of the Rings is the trilogy of the  2000’s.

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