Tagline: A New Power Is Rising.
Synopsis:Halflings Frodo and Sam continue their troubled journey to Mordor in their mission to destroy the One Ring. Whilst their former companions make new allies and launch an assault on Isengard.
Meat & Potatoes: The second installment of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy – based on the novels of J.R.R Tolkien – uses several characters to explore the films major thematic elements. In this film there are three characters or groups of characters which ultimately serve to further the underlying theme of good versus evil. Each group further develops individual thematic elements that support this key theme.
The first group of characters includes the hobbits Frodo and Samwise who have gone to Mordor alone to destroy the ring. The choice of these characters as pure of heart and mind contrast with the unimaginable power of the ring and the incredibly dangerous journey they are taking. We are reminded of their simple and honest lives from the first film as a way supporting the theme of good versus evil while introducing visual queues to the nature of inner and outer struggle, the benefits of dedication to a cause, and the overall fulfillment of sacrifice for others. We watch as Frodo and Samwise, tiny unimposing Hobbits navigate treacherous lands and obstacles and rely on each other to accomplish a task that is constantly being challenged by outside forces. The characters are repeatedly tested and as a result of their task, changed by the power of the ring and their experiences along the journey. Later the character of Gollum appears to bring the threat of dark forces even closer to the main characters. But quick wits turn the table on the former ring bearer and the Hobbits use him as a kind of guide to Mt. Doom.
The Lord of the Rings is a fantasy story rich with terrible monsters and difficult challenges that reach us at a primal level. It is easy to relate to the journey of the Hobbits in our own lives any time we have had to take on great responsibility devoid of immediate praise or gain. I can think of many instances where the greater good of my actions or decisions are not available until later. The Hobbits are everyman and their journey embodies even the most mundane of our own journeys, any time we are asked to give of ourselves for a greater good that is either part of our lives or part of the lives of those around us. Their struggle becomes our struggle however challenged or for whatever reason great or small and for that we fight with them for success.
The second group consists of the Hobbits Marry and Pippin. Partly instrumental in interjecting a level of light heartedness and levity to the story, these often bungling characters further the underlying thematic element through their overall good nature and propensity for error. Here, unlike the first group, we are reminded that it is often possible to be inept along life’s journey as long as we remain true to our selves and our intentions. Mary and Pippin typically make the wrong choice or fail at the simplest tasks asked of them. These traits contrast the first group of Hobbits showing us that to err is a common trait amongst all peoples. There isn’t a sense of malevolence to their actions and when they are ultimately captured we feel for them because it reminds us how it feels to fail. These characters balance the often infallible group of humans and elves who seem at every turn to move triumphantly from one task to the next getting closer and closer to victory. Cleverly, it is this very separation of the groups that works to prove that even the smallest contribution to a cause can prove invaluable to the final outcome.
The third group represents the typical heroic element of the story, the brave knights who are at every turn faced with the challenge of furthering the war against the dark forces of Sauron. Here, Aragorn, Legolas , and Gimli are the strongest of the strong, characters so driven by their passion for triumphing over evil that they literally and figuratively carry the theme with them at every turn of the story. We are reminded again of the result of dedication as these characters battle insurmountable odds and face death the likes of which would surely threaten the resolve of anyone. In the face of danger one only needs to consider the greater good, the value of sacrifice for others, to be granted the strength to persevere.
The underlying theme of the story is presented in obvious detail at the onset of the film. We are given visual queues as to the nature of good and evil, the destructiveness and threat posed by the dark forces mounting under the twisted rule of Sauron. The threat is mounting and everyone must be called to arms in varying capacities to take the call and press on to victory. Even the unimposing Hobbits have a place in this war. On one side we are shown two tiny warriors venturing to Mt. Doom with a nearly impossible task. The other group of Hobbits shows us that even the less capable, often inept can contribute if their will is strong enough. The humans and elves show us the strength of teamwork and the outcome of bravery, dedication, and triumph of good over evil.
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