Throughout cinematic history, several great movie trilogies have been made. What makes it difficult to say which one is best is the fact that they have very different themes. From The Matrix, to The Godfather, to Back to the Future, to Indiana Jones, to Star Wars, to Pirates of the Caribbean, to Kevin Smith’s New Jersey trilogy, movie trilogies run the gamut of genres. Of course, there are several more trilogies besides these that deserve consideration.
Out of the Running
Three series have to come off the list of greats immediately. Indiana Jones falls off because a fourth installment was added. Star Wars has become what this author has dubbed a “bi-trilogy;” therefore, it, too, must be removed from consideration. The New Jersey trilogy has also become a bi-trilogy of sorts – if Jay and Silent Bob are considered as the common thread.
All Things Considered
Narrowing the list down to just one is a difficult task. All things must be considered. And when all things are considered, The Lord of the Rings (LOTR) trilogy comes out on top.
The Lord of the Rings was sublime in all its aspects. Rarely can this be said about a series of movies. The character development alone was enough to keep fans engrossed by the series. It is not often that so much thought goes into giving characters such depth – and certainly not as many characters as LOTR has.
If the characters weren’t enough to keep fans entertained, the locations of the series are extraordinary. And, it’s not just one location… there are several. Each place has its own personality, magnificence, and beauty. Each one lends to the realism of the piece not often found in “Dungeons and Dragons” type movies. And the sets fit in their location like they were supposed to be there.
Adding to the realism and aesthetics of this trilogy are the costumes. They are very specific to a particular character class and all have their own subtle nuances that make them unique. They fit not only with the classes but with the stations of the characters within those classes.
The actors were cast well. Not one of them seemed unlikely in his role. They each delivered wonderfully convincing performances. You believed them and you felt what they felt.
The writing, music, and special effects did nothing but add to the overall feel of the LOTR trilogy. There was not a single thing that seemed forced or out of place. Everything about these movies was spot in.
All things considered, The Lord of the Rings is the best movie trilogy of all time.