After ten-year departure, a new The Lord of the Rings movie comes back with a vengeance. In the opening weekend, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has gotten record-breaking 85 million dollars in box office. However, even such performance of An Unexpected Journey is not out of everyone's expectations. After years' evolution, The Lord of the Rings movies have not only become the most profitable movie sage but also posed great influence on the generation. Moreover, as time goes by, The Lord of the Ring movie is turning better and better.
The earliest The Lord of the Rings movie was released in 1978 while the latest one, An Unexpected Journey, is debut in 2012. After going through over 20-year evolution, The Lord of the Rings movie has managed the switch from an animated movie to a well-loved fancy movie and from a low-budget movie to a blockbuster one. In fact, those switches are managed by five movies. Therefore, this post will cover on the evolution of The Lord of the Rings movies.
1. The Lord of the Rings
The earliest The Lord of the Rings movie is an animated movie made in 1978. Directed on the basis of the famous novels written by Tolkien, the animated movie mainly deals with the hazardous journey of a hobbit named Frodo to Mordor for the sake of destroying a magic ring. However, this The Lord of the Rings movie is of little influence and never become world famous. The 30 million-dollar performance is good enough for a movie only released in 31 theaters. However, this novel oriented movie is rarely remembered as a The Lord of the Ring movie.
2. The Fellowship of the Ring
The successful journey of The Lord of the Rings movie actually starts from The Fellow of the Ring. As the first movie of The Lord of the Rings trilogy directed by Peter Jackson, The Fellow of the Ring is actually a low-budget movie. In order to save expanses, the director had to hire most local actors for the movie. However, the excellent performance of those non-famous actors had created a miracle by pushing the movie to the throne of the most profitable movie of the year. Since then, the victory of The Lord of the Rings movies becomes irresistible. This movie mainly tells about the thrilling journey of Frodo and his guardians to Mordor.
3. The Two Towers
In 2002, Peter Jackson moved on with another The Lord of the Rings movie named The Two Towers who did even better than its predecessor. The Two Towers is a movie perfectly combining beautiful scenery, thrilling journey and wonderful background music into an integrated part. For someone who contributed the successes of The Fellow of the Ring to some lucky factors, this The Lord of the Rings movie was a good return fire. The two towers in the movie can be understood in two ways. The dark towers including the eye of Mordor and the alliance between Sauron and Saruman and the bright towers of Frodo and Aragorn. In this The Lord of the Rings movie, Aragorn needs to defend the invasion of Sauron while Frodo continues his hard journey to ruin the ring.
4. The Return of the King
It is a known story that audiences love fancy story while Oscar hates it. However, The Return of the King is an exception to the rule. As the most profitable movie of the year, this The Lord of the Ring movie also became the biggest winner in the ceremony of Academy Awards. With over 1.11 billion dollars in box office, The Return of the King had become one of the most profitable novel based movies, giving a perfect ending to Peter Jackson's trilogy movie. In this The Lord of the Rings movie, Aragorn leads his fellows and arms to the final battle with Sauron's army while Frodo needs to fight against the temptation send by the magic ring. The Return of the King is a milestone in the movie world, setting a good example for all fancy movies. Of course, not all the movies that are money-earning and award-winning, The Return of the King is probably the best one.
5. An Unexpected Journey
After waving good-bye to the trilogy of The Lord of the Rings movie, audiences need to welcome the coming of the trilogy of The Hobbit movie. As a most expected 2012 December movie and the prequel of The Lord of the Rings movies, The Hobbit: An unexpected Journey has proven itself a real market hit. Though the success of An Unexpected Journey can be contributed to the successes of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the movie is actually trying to bring audiences new thrills and surprises. Without Aragorn and his little team, An Unexpected Journey tries to impress audience with the new alliance of brave dwarves. This The Lord of the Rings movie mainly deals with the thrilling journey of Bilbo, the uncle of Frodo. Instead of fighting against evil armies, Bilbo needs to struggle against evil dragons, wild animals and every trap nature may have prepared beforehand.