Rare are the instances where a good movie gets two more good sequels. Even rarer are the times where the people behind it know when to stop. Many franchises that start out fine eventually get dilluted and take a sharp downturn quality-wise in pursuit of the almighty dollar. But there are the rare exceptions.
After some careful consideration, I’d have to go with Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy as my favorite series. The timing of it couldn’t have been better for me. I had discovered the books a few years prior and had them kickstart my fascination with the fantasy genre, one that lasted throughout my teens and onwards. The interest in Lord of the Rings was at its peak among me and my friends when Fellowship of the Ring arrived in theaters, and it lived up to all the expectations we had of it. The way the world and the characters were brought to life on the screen felt so very right, with mostly everything coming off just as I had imagined it when reading the novels
With the films all being shot together, it’s no wonder that the Lord of the Rings movies maintain a stable level of quality throughout. While Fellowship remains my favorite of the three, both The Two Towers and The Return of the King provide their fair share of memorable moments, feature the same impressive degree of art direction and craftsmanship and progress and close off the story in a satisfying manner.
Maybe it’s “unfair” to rank Lord of the Rings above other film series. Since the movies were made at the same time, they automatically avoid a lot of problems that have thwarted other franchises. Change of director and cast, public opinion swaying, adjustments to cater to fans, etcetera. But fact remains: I can think of no series of films that have stayed as good from first to last part as Lord of the Rings.