Best Picture 2003
Director: Peter Jackson
Release Date: December 17th, 2003
Starring: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellan
I’ve seen this film at least 10, if not 15, times by now. Even just writing this makes me want to watch it. However, if I’m being honest I didn’t always have such strong feelings about this film or its franchise. Way back when it first came out, I was 12 years old and had no interest in spending time in Middle Earth for nearly 3 hours. I also had no interest in being emotionally scarred by the creature that is Gollum. That being said, not only did plenty of time have to pass in order to for me to finally watch it, but so did the irrational fear of uncertainty. I didn’t know what the stories were about and I was one of those people who didn’t really understand what all the fuss was about. My brother, who was 14 at the time, thoroughly enjoyed these films and constantly wanted me to watch them. But, alas, I was simply afraid.
Back then I wouldn’t go near anything that was even remotely frightening, for the simple fear that I would be afraid. But I’ve come to understand the fearing fear itself would get me nowhere in life. Sometimes you just have to face your fears head on and that’s just what I did. However, this wasn’t until 4 or 5 years later that I finally watched the trilogy. And the first thought I had was that I was missing out on something spectacular.
There is no world quite like Middle Earth and once I discovered this, I became obsessed. I’ve since done marathons of this trilogy multiple times. I always make sure to watch it whenever it’s airing on television and I’ve also become obsessed with the prequel trilogy The Hobbit, as well the novel. I’ve bought jewelry paying homage to these films. I’ve bought all the books and I also made sure to buy all the 2- disc special edition dvds. I love Middle Earth, I love Frodo Baggins, I love Aragorn, son of Arathorn.
This film in particular, is in fact my favorite of all 3 films. Although I’m always brought back to the spectacular battle of Helms Deep in Two Towers and start to question my loyalties. This film is a fantastical adventure and I am no longer the same person I was before these films came into my life.
As for this film being named “Best Picture”, I say bravo. All 3 are beautifully shot in the spectacular Kiwi landscape of New Zealand. It immerses you into a world that you never can quite fully shake afterwards. And there is no real need or desire to even do so. It leaves you with the feeling that there is a light at the end of even the most perilous journey. If Frodo Baggins, a mere hobbit of the Shire can accomplish such a feat, then anything can be achieved. But hopefully with a lot less death and destruction and you return with all of your limbs.