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It’s hard to believe Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy is 20 years old, but here we are. What’s even harder to believe is that Warner Brothers did absolutely zilch to celebrate the anniversary of these beloved films. When 20th Century Fox invested 20 million into George Lucas’s Star Wars Special Editions and re-released them to theaters, it was considered a huge risk, but we all know how that turned out. And as popular as Lucas’s films are still to this day, even they don’t enjoy the critical and fan consensus that Jackson’s films enjoy. So it’s peculiar that a company that stood to make millions and millions of dollars on a re-issue of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King just…let the moment pass on by.
But we’re not here to fix Warners’ boneheaded decisions for them. We’re here to decide whether or not Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy is the best trilogy of all time.
Look, I’m a Star Wars guy. Always been a Star Wars guy. But then the Prequels happened. And then The Lord of the Rings happened. I never cared much for fantasy outside of John Milius’s Conan the Barbarian before The Fellowship of the Ring came along. But along it came, and I became a massive fan. And for years after, I considered it to be a perfect movie trilogy—maybe even the best movie trilogy.
But 20 years on? I see problems I never saw before. Hammy acting, bad English accents, and the melodrama! Granted, none of these are big problems. But they’re there. But all movies have their flaws, and a few too many scenes of Hobbits crying and hugging each other doesn’t disqualify these movies from being worthy of the title Best Film Trilogy of All Time.
So that’s my take on it. Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings is the greatest film trilogy of all time.
Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Lucas.
But what say you, Screenagers? Is Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy the bestest? If not, which trio of movies takes the title in your eyes? Tell us in the comments below!