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rare female film critic | by maryann johanson

10 years of Flick Filosopher: worshipping Peter Jackson

I can’t believe it’s almost four years since Peter Jackson finished up his epic Tolkien trilogy: it still seems like yesterday. From my review of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King:

Return turns out to be a work of such vision and imagination that there were many moments during which I forgot to breathe — the impossibility of believing that I was actually seeing what I was seeing left me literally breathless. This is an immense film, as big as an entire world, filled with an abundance of hope to be found in the worst of circumstances. It is the same kind of leap above Fellowship and Towers as they are above the pedestrian filmmaking that clogs the multiplex. Even the most optimistic of fans cannot imagine what an extraordinary achievement this is for Jackson. The Lord of the Rings, now that it’s wrapping up with the masterpiece that this film is, may well be the transcendent cinematic experience of our time. The Return of the King on its own isn’t just the best film of the year — it may be the most fantastical film ever to be about, simply, what it means to be alive and in the world.

review of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, posted 12.15.03

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