31 December 2012 4:43 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Aside from the obvious “it’s a masterpiece, the movie event of the last decade, a fitting tribute to J.R.R. Tolkien and the art of moviemaking”, there are a lot of reasons to re-visit The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Extended Editions, natch). As well as helping you get psyched up for the ridiculously generous portions of tasty Hobbit action that Peter Jackson has spooned onto our plates this Christmas and the following two, the hirsute director’s original, triumphant journey through Middle Earth will thrill and chill you in all sorts of ways.

It’s really impressive how Jackson and his team managed to distill Tolkien’s sweeping epic into something striking, coherent, and (relatively) fast-paced (a genuine page-by-page adaptation would have been about twenty hours long, after all), building to thunderous dramatic climaxes. However, what stay with you are the individual scenes and moments, the dazzling visual flourishes »

- Peter Shelton

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