When someone asks me the question "What is your favourite movie?", my answer is always the same. For some people, it is extremely difficult to decide, but for me, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy are the best movies of all time. Peter Jackson's adaptation of the bestselling books by J.R.R. Tolkien contains everything a perfect movie needs to have.
The soundtrack for the movies was created by award-winning composer Howard Shore. It matched the tone and mood of the movies perfectly, with a sudden change in the sound as events happened, bringing it to life. You can listen to the tracks here:
Some of my personal favourites are: 'The Bridge of Khazad-Dum', 'The Sacrifice of Faramir', 'The Siege of Gondor', 'For Frodo', and 'Minas Morgul'.
The Plot and Characters
For those who have not read the book, it is approximately 1,200 pages long. In those 1,200 pages, Tolkien manages to create a whole new world, giving us sufficient knowledge of the history of Middle-Earth, the current events happening, and how they could cause problems. Peter Jackson manages to do the same thing with the movies. Sure, he had to cut out some parts of the book (otherwise the movies would be even longer), but the final product that came out was spectacular.
Most of the characters were extremely well written as well, it will make you feel as if it was real.
The Filming and Special Effects
The filming for all three movies, as well as the recent Hobbit Trilogy, was done in the scenic country of New Zealand. Because of this, the movies had amazing scenic shots of snowy mountains, grassy valleys, enchanting forests, and wide rivers.
The special effects were fantastic, even better than some movies have today (looks at Fantastic 4).
The Lord of the Rings is one of the most quotable movies of all time. Ranging from Pippin's humorous "What about second breakfast?", to Gandalf's "All we have to do is decide what to do with the time given to us", the dialogue gives deep insight into the characters as well as the plot of the movie.
The Acting and Cast
Boasting an extremely talented cast including Sir Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Elijah Wood, Hugo Weaving, and Sean Bean as the protagonists, and with Sir Christopher Lee (RIP) and Andy Serkis as the main villains, the acting was absolutely mind-blowing. Each actor captured the tone and emotions perfectly.
My favourite was Andy Serkis's portrayal of Gollum, and how he dealt with the Gollum/Smeagol split personality. Check out the clip below (sorry for the bad quality).
Seriously. He deserved an Oscar for that absolutely stunning performance. It chilled me to the bone the first time I saw it.
Hopefully, the reasons mentioned above will convince you to see the movies (if you haven't already done so). And if you are really interested, try reading the books as well!