Thursday, September 30, 2010
Will the Real Epic of Epic Epicness, Please Stand Up?
First of all, no, this is not a review or biography of Eminem, or a look into the imaginative world of Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. It is, in fact a look into what made one of th greatest films of all time so amazingly, well, epic. In my mind, this movie stands out there above the rest, because, as was brought up a blog read the other day, it simply has inspired a generation of writers and film-makers to create, and turn their dreams into reality. The Lord of the Rings, which was originally written by J.R.R. Tolkein, the master of fantasy and epic literature, and then directed for the sliver screen by Peter Jackson, tells the tale of a young hobbit named Frodo, who must take a ring, or, rather, "One Ring to rule them all," to Mordor, to destroy it in teh same firey volcano in which it was created. The journey starts in the homely Shire, or the home for these certain hobbits, and then takes him through practiaclly all of Middle Earth, which was J.R.R. Tolkein's world of imagination, slightly paralleing our own. Now, what stands out isn't necessarily simply the awesome cast, and beautiful scenes and locations (which were pretty much all filmed in New Zealand), but rather the fact that, for those of us who have dedicated ourselves to reading the books, including The Hobbit, and the various other books pertaining to the history of Middle Earth, the films followed the original story, down to some of the most miniscule details, and told the story exactly how J.R.R. Tolekein had originally written it. While watching teh movie, all of teh locations, from the Shire, to Helm's Deep, and even Rivendale, fall into place, and actually seem to perfectly reflect the ideas and perceptions conceived while reading the novels. For instance, as afore mentioned, at the huge built-out-of-the-side-of-a-mountain stronghold, named Helm's Deep, the battle scene which erupted between the 10,000+ large army of Sauron, the great evil ruler of Mordor, who now only lives in the form of a blazing eye atop his tower, ever since he was defeated by a human soldier during the Great Battle for Middle Earth in the pre-Lord of the Rings timeline, and the rest of the coalition force of Middle Earth, brought to life the power and might of of the battle, which was so gloriously described though the novel. One of the most awestriking and powerful moments, in my opinion, happens during this battle, and, as seen in terms of the plot and story, pushes it further into the climax, which is built upon through all three movies, and books alike. When all hope is seemingly lost, the Elven army arrives, and walks majestically up the walkway to the core of the stronghold, putting aside all previous greivances, ready to fight along side the forces of man, as they once did many ages ago. Then, to show the more beautiful and majestic side of the film, I turn my attention to the hidden Elven city of Rivendale, which is situated somehwere within a valley in Middle Earth, and adorned with a mighty, yet gentle waterfall and river. It is a city filled with beuaty, which has never before been shown though any other medium than the author's pen and paper, when J.R.R. Tolkein created it in the development of Middle Earth. It is also filled with history and lore, which is brought to life through the brilliant artisty behind the film's production and direction, as it has the sword which was used to kill Sauron, and many other writings of old. Also, considering the fact that it is home to Elrond, the wise and seemingly young looking Elven leader, who was around all the way back during the Great Battle for Middle Earth, which took place many ages before the timeline of the Ring. Over all, the Lord of the Ring trilogy tells the story of J.R.R. Tolkein's Middle Earth, and it's battle to save it from the power of Sauron and the Ring of power, both masterfully, and epicly. As a movie which isnpired a whole generation, and will inspire and entertain many more to come, it is a masterpiece, and is, in my opinion, and the opinion of many others, to best and most emotional and, well, epic, cinematic feature to ever bless the silver screen. And, if anyone feels as though I haven't thouroughly talked about everything that made the film great, I apologize, but to perform such a feat as that would require a lifetime, as J.R.R. Tolkein himself devoted to the creation of this amazing journey and story.