The Lord of the Rings - A journey like no other.

I don’t know where to begin when talking about my favourite film of all time. The words that come to mind are, majestic, spellbinding & epic.

This was a journey like no other & it all began in 2001 when I was in secondary school. My mind was like a brand new sponge (for certain thing’s) straight out of the packet, ready to absorb anything that was remotely interesting & when The Lord of the Rings came, I discovered a world so rich in detail, only the most astounding imagination could have created it.

After all three movies came & went, I was left with such a longing to discover anything & everything about what I had just witnessed. The books explaining the history behind Middle Earth & it’s inhabitants grabbed my attention first. I suppose you could call it an index, but it was a lot more than that. What I read was full to the brim of information about how Middle Earth began, who created it & all of the events that followed. The most fascinating part of it all was the level of detail J.R.R. Tolkien provided. This was a man who created everything with an origin. He even wrote languages, which is in a completely different league to other fantasy/fiction writers. His characters exuded personality, the stories full of splendor & an unlit corner that presented both balance & evil.

People who read the books prior to the movies being released all said the same thing ‘‘the books are better’’. Even J.R.R. Tolkien’s son said that Peter Jackson turned the books into an ‘action movie’. However, despite those opinions, what I will say is that no movie will ever be as descriptive as a book & if it wasn’t for the ‘action’ in the trilogy that came to be, The Lord of the Rings, as we know it, wouldn’t be what we remember it as being. And that, for me, is a film that I can & have watched more times then I’ve looked at myself in the mirror.. almost.

To give one reason as to why I keep coming back to these films would be impossible, but if I had to try, all I could say is that it perfectly encapsulates why I love watching movies. The Lord of the Rings may not be ‘that’ movie to everyone else & I am certainly not a ‘fiction geek’. I enjoy all types of genre. There are plenty of other movies that I hold in high regard, yet the fact remains that this film combines one of the most, if not the most, in-depth fiction ever written, with some of the best, if not the best, story telling that has ever been brought to our screens.

I like to believe I have high attention to detail & notice thing’s that most people wouldn’t. I look back on The Lord of the Rings & cannot fault it. There is no critique, mistakes or bad acting. Nothing from me. I find the odd corny joke pleasant & the ever so slightly cheesy moments, more than acceptable. After all, it is a film & I believe those things only add to the fun/fantasy.

You’re probably wondering why i’m blogging about a film that is almost 20 years old & you have every right to ask that question. Since starting this blog, it’s always been on the cards & in light of a series now being in development by Amazon Studios, I felt it was only right to tell everyone about my number one movie pick of all time.

J.R.R. Tolkien gave us/me something that I will never forget. He spent a lot of his time/life on writing a masterpiece, so the least I could do is spend some of my time writing about how extraordinarily rare & unique his stories are. Of course, if it wasn’t for the director, actors, producer/s etc. then I wouldn’t have my favourite film, so credit was due on multiple levels & if I didn’t write this blog, then what kind of a fan would that make me?

Photography: The Lord of the Rings

Photography: The Lord of the Rings