Lord of the Rings vs Star Wars

Two box office hits, each a milestone of their time, “Lord of the rings” and “Star Wars

A lot can happen in 25 years, and in the fast-paced, high-budgeted land of hollywood, a lot has. So much so, in fact, that an influential movie of a generation, "Star Wars," really does seem like it came out a long, long time ago, from a galaxy far, far away. Yet the 1977 film, once at the peak of visual effects, still one of the top 10 earning films ever, continues to be admired by its fans. Moreover still is one of the all-time greatest movies ever. It Peter Jackson\'s rendition of "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," hyped as the "Star Wars" for a new generation. The movie\'s rocket start at the box office -- $205 million after 19 days and more than $350 million worldwide, is fueled by a huge fan base for J.R.R. Tolkien\'s 20th century "Lord of the Rings" books. The CGI-loaded fantasy is everything that makes a contemporary Hollywood action film famouse. It has an epic story, it\'s visually stunning and it has deep thoughts behind it that gives the action life. The first installment of the three-part series remains faithful to the heart of Tolkien\'s novel.

"LOTR" and "Star Wars" share a long list of thematic similarities. They\'re both mythical creature fantasies determined on rescuing good from the authority of evil. Both feature circumstantial heroes who make “Wizard of Oz” like journeys and come of age in the process. There are also dozens of external similarities. Both movies feature mentors who duel “evil doers” atop narrow passageways, as well as secondary villains, Darth Vader and Saruman the White, both deserters to the dark side, both fond of supernatural violence, who provide the more visible nemesis. Along the way, both heroes come across women in white gowns, true friends, sidekicks playing for laughs and faceless drones (Storm Troopers and orcs). Both make use of mystical languages, mystical spiritual beliefs and key scenes in bars and in swamp-like pits (compare the swamp at the gates of Moria with the garbage chute in the Death Star).

Far simpler than Tolkien\'s complex world of Middle-earth, the universe of "Star Wars" is more similar to our own. Appropriately, "Star Wars" is the more human of the two movies, infusing each major character with thematic clarity befitting flesh-and-blood action heroes. Bring to mind Luke Skywalker\'s impatient dreamer, Obi-Wan Kenobi\'s involved and steady-handed mentor, Leia\'s up-beat rebel princess, Han Solo\'s self-serving cynic, and remember that all four go through individual transformation: Luke learns to use the Force, Obi-Wan sacrifices himself for the rebel cause, Leia becomes less cold hearted and Han learns to care about others. Lucas even delineates the droids: C3PO as the talkative killjoy, R2D2 the headstrong one, with a child prankster like attitude. Without doubt, the vigor of Lucas\' pop icons have formed many a exemplars for others to extensively study his script

Accordingly, the "Star Wars" universe is just a setting for what is inevitably a highly compelling, if not entirely original, story. "Star Wars" makes use of technical-sounding slang to give itself a sci-fi feel, but it is clear at all times that any film requires the four main elements of entertainment: plot, character, story arc, dramatic tension. For example, Luke\'s Uncle Owen argues with the Jawas about the capabilities of various droids, but the point is not to show off noncence argueing but rather to show the humor in the haggling rug-merchant tactics of an aggressive little Jawa.

"Star Wars" is only a movie, and it never loses sight of that. It doesn\'t aim higher, and doesn\'t have to. As a result, "Star Wars" keeps from pretending its heroes are anything other than flawed humans. Yet, Lucas\' movie does not keep from displaying the reality of human struggle: In reference to the inferiority of droids ("We don\'t serve their kind here"), Lucas allows bits of cruel reality, things like prejudice to leak into his world. in the “Star Wars” world being on the same side does not guarantee people will get along: Darth Vader comes very close to strangling a few of his own kin, and as for Luke, his rivalry with Han is