Thursday, April 3, 2008
I just have to say: I LOVE these movies!
Having just finished a marathon of the Lord of the Rings trilogy (the non-extended versions, since I didn't have enough time to squeeze in all three extended editions...), I am reminded of the things that make movies great- solid acting, solid directing, an amazing soundtrack/use of music to help carry the story, and the incredible attention to detail- whether it be costumes (all so beautifully done, or ugily done, as the case may be with the Orcs), dialogue (there are some great one-liners in these movies, some funny, some profound), sets, even a simple facial expression at just the right moment to create the perfect effect... These movies never cease to amaze me.
I am always moved to tears as the deeper meaning unfolds along with the story. I see so much that is of value that I can't help but cry at the poignancy of these things: Boromir's undaunted courage and honorable end (this one gets me every time), Sam's loyalty, Eomer's faithful return, the determined valor of the Rohirrim, even in the face of death, the devotion of the Fellowship, the honor given to four simple hobbits who helped change the world... and of course, Sam's speech at the end of The Two Towers... I could easily go on, but you should all be familiar with it already (and if you're not familiar with these movies, more's the pity- you should rectify that situation immediately!)
Movies such as these deserve every honor they receive and more, because they help change our lives for the better. They remind us of why life matters and what is important; they remind us of doing the right thing, no matter how hard or how high the price... As Sam puts it, "...there's some good in this world, and it's worth fighting for."