It’s hard to believe it, but The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring turns 15 this month.
To celebrate the anniversary of the first film in Peter Jackson’s smash-hit adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s classic trilogy of novels, here’s a rundown of 10 Fellowship of the Ring quotes fans can (and do) live their lives by.
Whenever a novel, comic book, video game or even theme park ride is made into a movie, invariably, changes are made in an effort to make it work better for cinema-going audiences.
Whilst most critics and fans tend to focus on the alterations made to plot, characters and themes when a pre-existing work is reimagined for the movies, it’s worth noting that the original titles of these stories also tend to fall by the wayside during this process too.
Titles might not seem important in the grand scheme of things, but they really are.
Not only do they pique our initial interest in a story and help form our decision whether or not to check it out, but they can also provide additional commentary around the work and its themes, creating a complete storytelling package.
Sometimes, titles are changed for the better – either because the original handle would be a hard sell, or was even just plain awful – but other times, the results are less successful.
Here, I’ve rounded up 10 examples of big screen adaptations that ditched the title of their source material, giving my verdict on which of these rechristenings work (and which most definitely don’t)!
The Multiversity, the most recent experiment by writer Grant Morrison to push the boundaries of mainstream superhero comic books, features a variety of memorable moments that cover the entire spectrum of human emotion.
Of these, quite possibly the most (in)famous occurs in the fourth issue “Pax Americana”. Here, Morrison and artist extraordinnaire Frank Quitely show the increasingly detached Captain Atom use his otherworldly powers to dissect his pet dog in an attempt to locate the source of his affection for the poor animal.
I like to think that all of the different types of feature included on The Pop Culture Studio serve a specific purpose. Some, like the reviews or The Anatomy Lessons, are meant to offer up unique insight into the books, films and comics we love.
Others, like Soapboxor Crystal Ball, are intended to provide commentary on topics new and old that pop culture fans will hopefully find interesting.
But sometimes, all I really want to do is entertain you, so with this in mind, I’ve decided to launch a new feature, Pop Culture By the Numbers. Read on and you’ll be treated to the first infographic in the series, which looks at some of the amazing statistics behind The Lord of the Rings media franchise.
So here we are at last: the final installment in Peter Jackson’s Middle-Earth series, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. At this point, it seems pointless to dredge up the old debate over the merits of turning J.R.R. Tolkien’s slim, whimsical fairytale into a blockbuster trilogy; to be honest, whilst I think the naysayers have a point, I’ve mostly enjoyed the ride so far, and overall I’m fairly happy with the three new films we ended up with.