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9 Reasons Why The Lord Of The Rings Is The Best Movie Trilogy Ever Made

Rebecca Johansson



9 Reasons Why The Lord Of The Rings Is The Best Movie Trilogy Ever Made
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Some of the best movies of our generation come in threes. Think Star Wars, The Matrix, Indiana Jones, The Hunger Games: all hugely successful and spectacularly entertaining films in their own right. But by a clear mile (and then some), The Lord Of The Rings trilogy is the best ever, hands down. Here’s why:

1. Despite being turned down by every major Hollywood studio, all 3 LOTR movies were filmed back-to-back

Given the success we now know LOTR for, it’s hard to imagine Peter Jackson struggling to find anyone interested in it. But he did. In fact, the films were almost never made. After a blip with Miramax and then being turned down by all of the major Hollywood studios, only two smaller studios considered it: PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and New Line Cinema.

New Line ultimately bought the rights and all three movies were filmed back-to-back – a first for any filmmaker.

2. Jackson’s attention to detail – even before filming began – is second-to-none

Director, Peter Jackson, wanted everything to look as realistic and believable as possible. Hobbiton was built a year in advance of filming to give the impression of real growth and age.

This included planting a vegetable garden and moving 5,000 cubic metres of earth to create roads.

3. Over 70 “miniature” sets were produced for the films, taking over 1,000 days to build

Weta (a special effects and prop company based in New Zealand) coined the term “bigature” for the 72 not-so-miniature sets produced for the films.

As the cameras were filming within inches of them, each of these “bigatures” had an extreme amount of detail so that post-production could make them look as real as possible.

One example is the white city of Minas Tirith – the largest set ever built in the Southern Hemisphere – which functioned as a small working city.

Due to the amount of detail each set required, the miniatures unit worked for over 1,000 days – more than any other special effects crew.

4. Every single prop was made from scratch

That’s right. Every. Single. Prop. In another first for any filmmaker, Jackson decided that every item in Middle-earth should be made from scratch. “I had to create the most believable world I could.

The decision was to make it feel very historical, with the levels of detail creating the illusion that the viewers were immersing themselves in a real world.

Props included 900+ suits of hand-made armour, 20,000+ household/everyday items, and over 1,600 pairs of individually-sized prosthetic feet and ears.

5. The film score is a masterpiece on its own, taking 4 years to compose

Most composers spend around 10-12 weeks working on the music for a film. John Williams spent around 14 weeks on each Star Wars movie, and approximately 40 weeks for the entire original trilogy.

But Howard Shore spent almost 4 years composing, orchestrating, conducting and producing the recordings for the LOTR trilogy. Another reason why The Lord Of The Rings is the best trilogy ever.

6. Jackson’s eye for detail even extended to the costumes, with over 19,000 created

Ngila Dickson was hired 6 months before filming started to begin creating thousands of costumes. She and 40 seamstresses worked on over 19,000 costumes for the trilogy. 10 versions of each costume were made, with 30 more for stunt, scale, and other doubles. All in all, each design had 40 versions.

Jackson also wanted the costumes to have the same amount of realism as the sets and props, so they made the costumes look “lived in” by wearing away colour and dirtying them for authenticity.

They even added to the story and enhanced characterisation by giving each race their own unique style and special touches. If you look closely, the buttons of Aragorn’s tunic are embellished with the tree of Gondor, giving a subtle nod to this part of his history.

7. The trilogy used – as well as invented – ground-breaking special effects

The technology and artistry that brought Gollum to life is something that LOTR took to a whole new level. In fact, Gollum was the first photo-realistic movie character created using performance capture.

Weta visual effects supervisor, Eric Saindon, said, “when we did Gollum, no one had really done a CG creature mixed with live-action that you were supposed to believe was just a creature in the scene […] the detail made him an actor on screen, rather than just a scary monster, which is what a lot of the CG creatures up to that point had been.

And because we were inventing technology as we were doing it, it was a huge challenge”. But they didn’t just live up to the challenge, they smashed it, and it won them an Oscar for Best Visual Effects.

8. Although some actors were Jackson’s second choice, none of them were second best

Aragorn, Eowyn, Galadriel, Gimli. These are just some of the characters who were almost played by someone else. But perhaps the biggest shock of all is Gandalf. Both Jackson and New Line’s first choice for the role was Sean Connery…

Thankfully, Gandalf and all the other roles went to their respective actors and actresses. After all, a Gandalf without Sir Ian McKellan wouldn’t be Gandalf at all. The Academy Awards agreed, giving him an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

9. The critics loved it too, and it cleaned up at the Oscars

While Return Of The King is tied with Titanic and Ben Hur for the ‘most Oscars for a single film’ record (11), it was the only one to win all the Academy Awards it was nominated for. Neither of the other two did. It was also the first-ever fantasy film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture and was the only one up until 2017.

Yes, The Lord Of The Rings trilogy is – without a doubt – the best trilogy ever made. We could list many other reasons why, but something tells us we’re in good company with a fellowship of 9.

Are there any we missed out that you would like to have seen on the list? If so, leave us a comment below.

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5 Things You Missed In Bridgerton

Kym Du Toit



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Since its Christmas release Bridgerton has become a jewel in the Netflix crown. The series adaptation skyrocketed through the charts topping number one within weeks. It recently established itself as the biggest series launch in Netflix history. But there’s plenty that you might’ve missed in Bridgerton.

There is a lot to take in throughout the show’s first season. From a gossip columnist ruling the high society’s movements to inter-class relationships. This series is one that encapsulates regency culture. But there are quite a few visual easter eggs dotted between the abundance of corsets and jewels.

Let’s take a look at some things you may have missed throughout the first season.

SPOILERS: If you’re reading this then you’ve probably seen the show, but if not there are spoilers ahead.

1. The bee that won’t buzz off

.Often between scenes, the screen will focus on an insect flying around an open window. This is particularly obvious during the closing scene after Daphne gives birth. The bee flies away and the end credits roll. Benedict also has a bee embroidered on his shirt collar. But what does the bee signify?

There are two possibilities for this, and the clues lie in Julia Quinn’s sequel, “The Viscount Who Loved Me.” In the second book and a possible route the producers will follow for the second season, the bee is big news. It’s clear that the Bridgerton patriarch is missing, but we don’t find out why. According to the sequel, Sir Edmund Bridgerton dies from a bee sting. Could the beloved father and husband have reincarnated into a bee? Or does the bee simple signify his presence?

Another possibility points to the heir to the Bridgerton estate. Viscount Anthony Bridgeton played a vital role in the first season. And if the second book of the series is anything to go by, he could play an even bigger part in the next. Quinn’s “The Viscount Who Loved Me” explores Anthony’s struggles with his father’s death.

Anthony is well known to be one of the most notorious rakes in the ton. But it’s his father’s death that hangs over his potential for marriage. The Viscount knows love exists after watching his parents’ happy marriage. Yet, he has no intentions of falling in love himself. He is convinced that he will die young like his father. That is until a bee forces his hand in marriage to Kate Sheffield, who turns out to be his soul mate.

2. Wait, was that an Ed Sheeran song?

That’s right. Classical covers of modern-day pop songs play throughout and can easily be missed in Bridgerton.

The harmonious notes of string quartets and soft harps are common in regency films. But Bridgerton takes it one step further. Staking their claim that the series is a modern take on regency life.

Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next” plays out during the first ball of the season. Simon and Daphne’s rain scene is accompanied by a rendition of ‘Wildest Dreams.’

Maroon 5, Shawn Mendes and Celeste are also some of the artists used by composer Kris Bowers.

3. The family colours

Fabrics of silk, satin and soft Chinese cloth adorned highly ranked families of the 1800s. Each family of Bridgerton displays their house colours which are always adhered to.

The Bridgerton’s colours seem to be more subdued than other families. Their colours typically include soft blues and pinks. As the prominent family of the social season their colours represent old money. Whereas the Featherington’s wish for nothing more than to show off their new fortune. Their colours and patterns are far more extravagant.

Once Daphne and Simon are engaged, both sides of the family begin wearing purple. A show of both houses coming together.

4. White roses

Flowers are another thematic sign you might’ve missed in Bridgerton. In particular, white roses. Usually, all white roses appear when Daphne is on screen. For example, Simon plucks a white rose for the debutante during their promenade. The two also canoodle in front of a rose bush during Lady Trowbridge’s ball.

White roses symbolise purity, innocence and youthfulness. They are also associated with young love and eternal loyalty. Both meanings link to the Duke and Daphne. Although, the irony that Simon takes away her “innocence” before an engagement is not lost on us.

5. Lady Whistledown’s identity

We don’t find out that the infamous Lady Whistledown is Penelope until the end of the season. But there are many clues hidden along the way. Some that were no doubt missed while marathoning the show.

Penelope placed herself in all the situations she needed to be to write her columns. For example, if you look closely at Simon and Daphne’s first meet, the gossip can be seen watching.

Penelope was also part of the Featherington household, where Marina Thompson resided. Marina’s pregnancy occurred much earlier in the season than when Lady Whistledown divulged. The news only broke when Penelope and Marina’s friendship was on the rocks.

Netflix have recently announced that they will be running a second series. The date is yet to be set due to the pandemic. But no doubt fans will be waiting with bated breath to catch another glimpse of the town’s most famous rakes.

Have you spotted any more easter eggs in the series so far or things people might’ve missed in Bridgerton? What are your thoughts on the upcoming second season? Let us know in the comments below.

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