The Lord of the Rings Trilogy | Chicago Reader

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

New Zealand director Peter Jackson collaborated with Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens to adapt J.R.R. Tolkien's celebrated fantasy trilogy into three features. Jonathan Rosenbaum praised The Fellowship of the Ring (2001, 165 min.) for its “scenic splendors” and “fine sense of scale” but faulted its dull battle scenes and “relatively pro forma” narrative thrust. J.R. Jones described The Two Towers (2002, 179 min.) as “more graphic in its violence and more fantastic in its imaginings than the first film.” Andrea Gronvall called the Oscar-winning The Return of the King (2003, 201 min.) “a dazzling synthesis of pagan animism, heroic quest mythology, orientalism, Pre-Raphaelite imagery, 1950s sci-fi creature features, and Hollywood war epics.” All three films are rated PG-13.


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