When people ask me, “what is your favorite movie?” Lord of the Rings is always near the top of the list.
This includes all three films in the trilogy:
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
This trilogy was a ground-breaking and record-breaking movie-making feat for humankind in a variety of ways. While it came just barely on the cusp of digital technology (we’ve come a long way since then), the quality and effects were incredible. A massive amount of money was spent on these movies, and it showed. We’ve combined the epic writing of J. R. R. Tolkien, with the most epic movie making that had ever been done at the time. The result is a masterpiece.
In the Christian community, there is some debate over the value of LOTR, as it contains a lot of magic and fantasy type of stuff… and is not-so-much a Christian allegory (compared to say the Chronicles of Narnia). Nevertheless, it clearly portrays a battle between good and evil, and I believe the discerning Christian can draw many applicable lessons from these movies.
It’s too mature for young kids (including some serious violence), but we’re looking forward to ours being old enough for us to take them on this journey. It’s rated PG-13, and we’re thinking 13 might be an appropriate age (we’ll evaluate the kids on a case-by-case basis).
The Fellowship of the Ring
From the idyllic shire of the Hobbits to the smoking chasms of Mordor, director Peter Jackson has created a world that surpasses the expectations of J.R.R. Tolkien purists as Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) embarks on his epic quest to destroy the ring of Sauron. The movie — which nabbed 13 Oscar nominations — is superbly cast with actors such as Ian McKellen (Gandalf) and Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn), and stays remarkably true to the book. (From Netflix)
Our Overall Good Clean Movies Rating: ★★★★ (4/5)
Year Released: 2001-2003
Links to additional information about this movie:
Official website: http://www.lordoftherings.net/
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Christian Spotlight: Click Here
Preview Online: Click Here
The Dove Foundation: Click Here
IMDb (secular website): Click Here
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