Monday, November 2, 2015

30 Day Challenge Day II

"Peter was always a geek in terms of technology but, once he had the means to do it, and the evolution of the technology really took off, he never looked back. In the first movie, yes, there’s Rivendell, and Mordor, but there’s sort of an organic quality to it, actors acting with each other, and real landscapes; it’s grittier. The second movie already started ballooning, for my taste, and then by the third one, there were a lot of special effects. It was grandiose, and all that, but whatever was subtle, in the first movie, gradually got lost in the second and third. Now with The Hobbit, one and two, it’s like that to the power of 10."

Viggo Mortensen said that and for me, he hit the nail right on the head. 

"The Fellowship of the Ring" is my favorite movie in the original LOTR trilogy.  In the past I have gone back and forth between "The Return of the King" and "The Fellowship of the Ring", but now I think I have settled on my true favorite.  For a long time I couldn't decide, but that was mostly because of the story.  Judging purely on movie quality and enjoyment watching, I have to go with "The Fellowship".  Like Mr. Mortensen said, the first film felt more authentic.  Real landscapes were integrated with CGI to create an ethereal yet--and this is important--realistic world.  

Small things were emphasized more and appreciated as opposed to the grandiose scale of "The Return of the King" which may have eclipsed some of the smaller and more important moments for many viewers.  

Right off the bat I want to mention "The Two Towers". I love this film because of the Three Hunters (so epic) and Rohan has no equal.  But I must gets a little repetitive.  Yes, Rohan is preparing for war...and preparing...and preparing...and--well, you get the idea.  If I'm being quite honest, the Frodo and Sam story is a circle of Gollum arguments.  With that said, I love this movie, but I admit it has it's faults.

So now we are down to the first and last movies.  The humble beginnings and the epic conclusion.  Here the CGI really comes into play.  "The Fellowship" looks better visually, so it claims the points there.  But "The Return of the King" has a great story and includes the most characters.  It's really a toss up there and I think that the book version would win, but as for the movie adaptation "The Fellowship" wins out.  I made a chart detailing all the criteria I used and what movie scored best in what areas.

Do you agree with my assessment?  Which is your favorite film?

1 comment:

  1. I completely agree with you! I feel that I can connect with FOTR much better than the other two because of the Special FX that were added later on. The Fellowship of the Ring is my favorite movie and will be for, well... forever!