Welcome back to the countdown, as we are now counting down my top ten best movies of the decade.
The #6 best movie of the decade: The Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King(2003)
Now let me get this out of the way. I didn't like or love the Lord Of The Rings movie trilogy. I recognized it as good examples of film-making and I thoroughly enjoyed each movies, but somehow I never see it as one of the go-to favorite classics of films. With this and King Kong, I felt it wasn't balanced in giving the point of the scenes and when to stop giving the point of the scenes. It will strike up a huge argument in how a film should be faithful to its original source, either you take certain important sections of the books to give a moderately time length or be completely faithful and have the entire movie so damn long. Even with the theatrical cut, it was too long. But that just me. And I have to give Peter Jackson such marvelous praise for, just like Frodo, carrying such an extremely huge and dangerous burden in bringing such a faithful film adaptation of the most epic fantasy story ever written. And if I have to choose one out of the three, this is my most favorite to rule them all.
Its a great thing that the series had the green-light in this decade because who knew how it would have gotten made if it weren't for the technology. Sure enough some of the effects look dated nowadays especially sadly the greatest CG-animated star, Gollum. Yet it is still Andy Serkis' brilliant performance that proves timeless and hold no bound from it technological aspect. The whole series journey is not just about the battle of good and evil, but a journey of maturity, growth and responsibility and at the last film, we see great development of most of the characters from Aragon taking the throne as the King of Men to the Hobbits taking actions greater than their size. And the battle scenes are well-directed and provided a great range of emotions and action.
Favorite Defining Moment: (Spoiler Alert - Don't see this until you see the movie)
We all have follow Samwise as he helps his dear friend Frodo, guide him through the devastating lands of Mordor while bearing the deadly One Ring. And at first, he had shown hints of incompetence and cowardice. But whenever his friend is in trouble, he becomes a badass. And who didn't really cheer when Sam mans up and came back to take a giant spider to rescue his friend?
Tomorrow, I will reveal #5 best movie of the 00s. What will it be....