The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001-2003) Review | Action Movie Anatomy

Action Movie Anatomy hosts Ben Bateman and Andrew Ghai break down the Lord of the Rings Trilogy!

The Lord of the Rings (also promoted as The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy) is a film series consisting of three high fantasy adventure films directed by Peter Jackson. They are based on the novel The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. The films are subtitled The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Two Towers (2002) and The Return of the King (2003). They were distributed by New Line Cinema.

Considered to be one of the biggest and most ambitious film projects ever undertaken, with an overall budget of $281 million (some sources say $310-$330 million), the entire project took eight years, with the filming for all three films done simultaneously and entirely in New Zealand, Jackson’s native country. Each film in the series also had special extended editions released on DVD a year after their respective theatrical releases. While the films follow the book’s general storyline, they do omit some of the novel’s plot elements and include some additions to and deviations from the source material.

Set in the fictional world of Middle-earth, the films follow the hobbit Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) as he and a Fellowship embark on a quest to destroy the One Ring, and thus ensure the destruction of its maker, the Dark Lord Sauron (Sala Baker). The Fellowship becomes divided and Frodo continues the quest together with his loyal companion Sam (Sean Astin) and the treacherous Gollum(Andy Serkis). Meanwhile, Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), heir in exile to the throne of Gondor, and the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) unite and rally the Free Peoples of Middle-earth in the War of the Ring.

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Brynjar Reynisson says:

These movies are career defining roles for most of the cast members. I would say that Hugo Weaving (Matrix) and Ian McKellen (X-Men) are the only one you can argue having something else.

MovieAce says:

Have they stopped with the rankings?

Esteban Cardona says:

Elijah Wood was not an unknown. He was well known in the 90s. He was like the cute kid that girls loved growing up until he became an adult.

Ariadne Bene says:

I instantly thought of Dumbledore from Harry Potter as Gandalf because he is wise, but also a bit of a jokester at times like Gandalf.

Suzanne Redding says:

AOL jokes – The best!

Suzanne Redding says:

The voice reenactment of the forming of the fellowship – THE VERY BEST!!!

Locku Cisse says:

I had never seen your show, got lured in because I love the trilogy!
Great show, guys! You left me with a big urge to watch all of it again!! Damn you!! Still, it feels like it would be cool to hang out with you after watching the movies…

Tallis Keeton says:

BTW the topic of who would be stronger Frodo or Sam in bearing the ring. I think that in the book Frodo was stronger than he is in the movies, and also wiser and in the bearing of the ring the wisdom was also the main issue and in the book Frodo is wiser than Sam. Film dont show it properly! Becouse – sadly – 95% of wisdom texts of Frodo is gone from the movie 🙁 Though I know that movie!Sam could bear the ring as well and maybe better. But there is this problem with the movie!Sam and movie!Frodo – both are strong charachters and maybe Frodo is a bit more stoic and closed with his feelings, than Sam, (and its as he should be), but film did not mention that wisdom was also needed not only strengh of will. And Sam in the book knew that M.Frodo is wiser in this team. In the books Sam’s charachter was the one who operated by the feel and heart and intuition and Frodo was the reasonable one and diplomatic and much more educated. In the film Frodo was meant to be a part of triad of heroes with Gandalf and Aragorn – and his was the role of feel, heart, intuition, Gandalf was the spiritual leader, sage, the iniciator of great deeds, and Aragorn was the general, the military leader, the hero who operates by the strengh of will, and rightful domination, he represents the rule, the will, the power. They are the triad – of mind, will an heart. Of leader of wisdom, of warrior-like strengh and of purity of heart and intuition. In the movie nearly everyone of Frodo’s dialogues from the book was either cut off or given to another hero. But there is one scene in which they owe the resolve of the problem to Frodo’s intuiton – its the Gates of Moria riddle. In the book it was Gandalf’s job with the help of Merry. Here Frodo got a proper idea. And of course such texts as “Frodo suspects something”, “Of course! he is a Baggins not some blockheaded Bracegirdle from Hardbottle” – were meant to signify that though he is innocent person he is not stupid. 🙂

Team Cap says:

Glad you guys included “My friends, you bow to no one.” in your fist-pump moments.  That is probably my favorite line in all three films.

Suzanne Redding says:


Richard Jarvi says:

Heartbreaking to watch the Boromir scene. Even though I’ve seen this movie at least 20 times, every time I hope that maybe this time he makes it. It is just so gripping. *wipes tears*

Ali Hassan says:

the extended editions are the best way to watch the lotr trilogy

Ariadne Bene says:

My fist pump moments are:

Fellowship: 1. When the black riders get to the Prancing Pony; 2. When the black riders come up and the main one stabs Frodo; 3. The entire fight scene when the orcs catch up to the remaining fellowship after they dock on land.

The Two Towers: 1. The entire fight scene that the entmoots engage in after Pippin leads Treebeard to where his destroyed friends are (I get chills every single time I watch it!); 2. When Sam and Frodo saw the oliphant’s; 3. The entire fight scene when the ten thousand orcs get to Helm’s De.

Return of the King: 1. When the ghost army comes out to fight in front of Gondor (this gave me chills too because it would scare the crap outta me seeing that if it were real and it looked cool); 2. When Frodo said goodbye to Sam, Pippin, and Merry (it still almost gets to me to this day); 3. Seeing Aragorn and Eowyn meet after all this time.

Grisel Baez says:

Now I get why you don’t have that many views, you lack knowledge of things that are well known, like Elijah wood not being a known actor at the time of the lord of the ring and talkien dying at the end of return of the king? I was like, really? And also you are extremely bias. I’m out.

lei jen says:

Natalie stunk too! “Anakin, you’re breakingmy heart!” ewwww

Shonnae Robinson says:

Quick question are you guys interested in doing John Wick 2 next year and the new XXX film with Vin Diesel? I’m glad you guys covered the LOTR franchise I read the books as well and feel this was the stronger adaptation compared to The Hobbit series.

Brynjar Reynisson says:

My three favourite characters are Legolas, Gollum and Gimli. The banter between Legolas and Gimli in the battle scenes when they are comparing kills is so funny.

Brynjar Reynisson says:

These are my favourite movies ever

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