Through the passage of time, cinema has transcended into pop culture and has become one of the most important mediums of entertainment as well as sociological discussions. Along with its thematic and technical representations and debates, a term, known as “cult classics” has emerged among cinephiles, and Peter Jackson is the name which probably spearheaded this cinematic genre.
While Jackson changed the medium with the epic adventure fantasy trilogy ‘The Lord of the Rings’, the director quietly established himself as one of the most innovative directors in the 90s. For this list, I have taken into account films which showcase Peter Jackson as a competent, commendable and sensational director. The ranking is based on the criteria’s of the artistic discourse, technical aspects, critical reception and commercial lucidity and most importantly, its impact on cinema. So, without further ado, here is the list of top best Peter Jackson films.
10. King Kong (2005)
A film with multiple remakes with quite poor critical and commercial results, the 2005 adaptation of the gigantic monster looked unnecessary and seemingly repetitive. However, with Peter Jackson’s seasoned reputation as a mature and patient filmmaker who possesses an imagination like no other, ‘King Kong’ turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Cited under several “top ten lists” of 2005, ‘King Kong’ is certainly a spectacle to watch, with its spectacular cinematography by Andrew Lesnie. However, the direction is what steers the vehicle to success. Boasting of a gamut of stars and a crisp screenplay and direction, ‘King Kong’ went to win three Academy Awards for “Best Sound Editing”, “Best Sound Mixing” and “Best Visual Effects”.
9. Forgotten Silver (1996)
A striking mockumentary, ‘Fotgotten Silver’ presents the mockumentary as an amalgamation of the “historical” footage genre of filmmaking and an interview format with the likes of Hollywood giants such as Harvey Weinstein and Sam Neill. A film with polarising opinions, ‘Forgotten Silver’ is the story of a pioneering New Zealand filmmaker named Colin McKenzie. Focussing on themes such as unjust popularity and fame, the film was not a critical or commercial success due to its then-controversial subject matter. With the rise of Hollywood and showbiz parodies and social satires, ‘Forgotten Silver’ has slowly risen up the ranks to become a cult classic.