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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Peter Jackson's award-winning 2001 film adaptation of the first volume of Tolkien's epic fantasy novel.

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Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

  • Nov 30, 2010
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I just recently saw this movie, and have not yet seen the second or third, but I absolutely love this. This is a pretty much perfect film. There is absolutely nothing wrong with it, it's everything done right. The acting, the story, the visuals, the score, and the epic battle sequences. It's as simple as that.

The performances were all great, especially Elijah Wood as Frodo, Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey, and Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn. The other cast did incredibly well also, but in my opinion, the three aforementioned actors were by far the best.

Their characters are extremely well-written and fleshed out, and I found them likeable, believable, and relatable. Another thing is I got sad when bad things happened to them. I didn't cry, but I got sad, and that's a very good thing for characters to do. All in all, a perfect ensemble cast for a perfect movie.

I really enjoyed watching the characters, especially LOTR's answer to Fred and George Weasley, Merry and Pippin (Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan) they were very effective comic relief that weren't too stupid or annoying and blended into the Fellowship well. Of course there's Frodo, Gandalf, and the rest of the fellowship, and they are very fleshed out and developed like I said.

The story is well told and well explained so you wouldn't have had to read or even heard of the book to see and like the movie. It also segways into The Two Towers brilliantly. As far as I know, the whole three movies are just continuations of one another with the sole mission of destroying the One Ring. The ending is a bit abrupt, but I know they made it to Mordor, so the Two Towers will probably take place entirely in Mordor.

This is CGI done right. Everything about the visuals and the CGI are simply brilliant. The castles, the shire, the elf city, Mordor, the dark lord Sauron, everything, it was simply fantastic and there is no complaints from me about it. It used a lot of CGI without story and character taking a backseat. That is what CGI should do.

The score is also brilliant and whoever composed the score for it should receive several awards if they haven't already. I had no idea that the choirs in the epic action sequences were actually singing Elvish. That was damn cool, and added to the action sequences by making them far more epic.

This is the perfect blend of everything. A great blend of humour, action, heart, and romance without being jumbled or heartless. Heart was no problem. This movie had everything, my only problem with it was that I thought it was a bit too long. I will see the second and third eventually and will review them as soon as I do.

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December 01, 2010
Great review once again, you should enjoy the next 2 as well.
 
December 01, 2010
I just loved this film trilogy. Nicely done.
 
December 01, 2010
I agree! This is the epitome of truly great film-making.
 
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Quick Tip by . May 03, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Still speechless, I've seen THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING four times now. The film is cinemagic. Its scope is epic. Its delivery is perfect. The acting is unforgettable, and the story is timeless. Director Peter Jackson has created a singular masterpiece that, like CITIZEN KANE, CASABLANCA, and STAR WARS, will inspire hundreds -- if not thousands -- of creative minds to pursue interests in film and writing. His adaptation of the book (note: not a literal translation like …
Quick Tip by . April 22, 2011
Makes me want to be a ranger, or perhaps a hobbit, although their virtues really come out in the later segments.
review by . October 13, 2010
One of the best stories and movies of all time. Just make sure you get the extended edition DVD. The "extra" material should never have been left out of these. Rarely does a movie live up to a book, especially a book which is one of the best of all time. Fellowship of the Ring delivers! Great version of a great story!
review by . June 29, 2010
The first in the epic film trilogy based on Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, this Fellowship of the Ring is a masterful adaptation of one of the greatest fantasy tales of all time. Lengthy by movie standards, the 2+ hour feature is far too short to offer viewers the full wonder of Tolkien's universe. While this is a fantastic adaptation, nothing can compare to the book itself. Fans should definitely read it.      That being said, there are a few moments when Peter Jackson …
review by . February 01, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
The Lord of the Rings film began filming in 1997 or so, and while it took a long time to get them out there into theathers, they turned out to be well enjoyed films.  The Fellowship of the Ring dropped down near Christmas of 2001.  The marketing campaign for the entire trilogy showcased one thing: This was a big gamble.  Being based off J.R.R. Tolkein's books, there was a huge following that was already behind them.  And with the books being so amazingly well loved, The …
Quick Tip by . July 19, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
One of the greatest adventure films of all time.. it has every great element
Quick Tip by . July 03, 2010
the director is a big lord of the rings fan and int shows in his movie adaptions.
review by . February 04, 2004
posted in Movie Hype
When I went to see this movie with my son I thought I was in for a long snooze. How wrong I was. This movie grabbed me from the start. With amazing cinematography, special effects, acting, and a storyline that is compelling beyond imagining! All this and a group of characters who are kind of like The Justice League of the comics. Don't let the three hours daunt you as it is the easiest three hours you will ever spend! The hardest thing about seeing this movie was that I had to wait almost a year …
review by . August 13, 2002
In the devided land of middle earth, a new force breath's life. A ring of pure power is uncovered. A journey of epic grandeur is begun. You all know and love Lord of the Rings. And how exciting to know in your lifetime we get them brought to life. Filmed within the gorgeous land of New Zealand, no less. Fellowship of the Rings kick's off the trilogy, and sets a new standard for all fantasy films that come in the future. (Sharing that position with Mr. Potter, in my little book of course.) Peter …
review by . August 08, 2002
It is always difficult to translate the Big Screen to the small screen (no matter how good your TV and stereo are) but, in the opinion of this reviewer, the drama of the movie comes across well. Much has been said about the merits of Peter Jackson's adaptation -- and Tolkien fans will be arguing those points for many years to come. But the presentation of this DVD set is just tremendous. The bonus material just whets one's appetite for both the Director's Cut and the next movie.I have one friend …
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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a 2001 fantasy drama film directed by Peter Jackson based on the similarly titled first volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. Set in Middle-earth, the story tells of the Dark Lord Sauron (Sala Baker), who is seeking the One Ring (Alan Howard voice). The Ring has found its way to the young hobbit Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood). The fate of Middle-earth hangs in the balance as Frodo and eight companions form the Fellowship of the Ring, and journey to Mount Doom in the land of Mordor: the only place where the Ring can be destroyed.

Released on December 19, 2001, the film was highly acclaimed by critics and fans alike, especially as many of the latter judged it to be sufficiently faithful to the original story. It was a box office success, earning over $870 million worldwide, and the second highest grossing film of 2001 in the U.S. and worldwide (behind Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone) which made it the 5th highest grossing film ever at the time. Today it is the 15th highest-grossing worldwide film of all time. It won four Academy Awards and five BAFTAs, including Best Film and Best Director BAFTA awards. The Special Extended DVD Edition was released on November 12, 2002. In 2007, The Fellowship of the Ring was voted number 50 on the American Film Institute's list of 100 greatest American films. The AFI also voted it the second greatest fantasy film of all time during their AFI's 10 Top 10 ...
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Director: Peter Jackson
Genre: Adventure, Classics, Drama, Fantasy
Release Date: December 19, 2001
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Peter Jackson
DVD Release Date: August 6, 2002
Runtime: 2hrs 45min
Studio: New Line Cinema, Wingnut Films
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