The Lord of the Rings (2001) movies are known for their amazing use of nature to enhance the storyline. These movies follow a young hobbit named Frodo Baggins as he journeys to destroy a magic ring he inherited from his older cousin Bilbo Baggins. It is a race against time to destroy the ring as dark forces who know the true powers of the ring are on a mission to reclaim it. Hobbits live in a fictional land called the Shire and are known to have a green thumb which is represented by the lush greenery that fills every inch of the Shire. We see their positive relationship with nature in the way they care for their land and it is contrasted by scenes of the dark and barren lands where the dark forces dwell. It is interesting to see how the “villains” of the story are characterized to have a poor relationship with nature while the “good guys” live in a flourishing, green garden. All three of the movies were filmed in New Zealand and feature spectacular landscapes. If you’re someone with an interest in films that feature nature, check out these films!
Movies in Nature: Interstellar
Interstellar is a movie that features Matthew McConaughey, Cooper, with his two children in a dystopian future where humanity is struggling to survive. Cooper and a group of astronauts travel through a wormhole near Saturn to look for a new home and planet for humankind. Nature is a force to be reckoned with in this movie. Throughout the movie, many dust storms occurred that threatened everyone’s safety, showcasing the destructive part of nature. Later in the film, Dr. Amelia Brand (Anne Hathaway), Cooper, and Dr. Doyle (Wesley Bentley) investigate an ocean world where everything is water. Little do they know, on this planet, there are gigantic 4,000-foot-tall water waves that occur frequently. Although this is unrealistic, it reminds the viewer of how catastrophic natural disasters can be. Overall, this movie made me more curious about space while pointing out how important it is to take care of the planet that we are on now to avoid similar natural disasters that occurred in the movie. Check out this film!