The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Set in Middle-Earth, The Fellowship of the Ring is the story of the One Ring, the ring of power once used by the Dark Lord Sauron to rule all other rings. Centuries later the ring is in the unassuming hands of Bilbo Baggins who doesn’t know its full power but has held it for years, lengthening his already long life. As Bilbo reaches “retirement” he passes the Ring to Frodo his only living relative. But before that he uses it just the once more to become invisible and impress the other hobbits, and Gandalf the Grey is present and recognizes the ring and its power. Fearing what the ring can do, Gandalf sends Frodo with the ring to the land of the elves where a fellowship is formed to bring the ring to Mount Doom and destroy it before Sauron can destroy Middle-Earth. The journey is not easy and the power of the ring is irresistible to all who come near it. Starring Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Sala Baker, Sean Bean, Cat Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, Mark Ferguson, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Andy Serkis, Ian McKellen, Peter McKenzie, Alan Howard.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is the beginning of Peter Jackson’s 3 film journey through Middle-Earth based on the famous sci-fi books by J.R.R. Tolkien. Epic is an appropriate description of LOTR: Fellowship and all the movies that follow it. It is filled with scenic landscapes, dramatic thrills and special effects that will dazzle your mind. But beyond all that Fellowship is mostly about the story, building up the information you need to go on the journey with Frodo and his fellowship of odd characters. The real action and drama comes in the next two movies. So if you can sit through the LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring, remember all the details, then you will be prepped and ready to go for the journey that awaits you.
9/10 Stars – Feat of filmmaking we hadn’t really seen before and it set the stage for many films like it to come.
The most important thing to understand when sitting down to watch The Fellowship of the Ring is that it don’t have a true ending as it is part 1 in a 3 part story. I didn’t know that when I was sitting in theatres for 3 hours watching it the first time and was like “Really! This is the end!?!?!” Was not happy, but when I learned that more was coming, it made a lot more sense. Full of wonderous visuals and tons of special effects, it’s hard to say everything there is to love about the LOTR movies without writing several pages. What I will say is that anyone who hasn’t seen this needs to give it a shot, even if it is long, because the story, settings and actors make it an enjoyable tale every time – not to mention Peter Jackson’s vision. Coming in at #50 on the AFI Top 100 list, The Lord of the Rings starts the series off right and continues with the Two Towers and 2004 Best Picture Winner The Return of the King.
9/10 Stars – Way too long for me to give a true 10, but it has everything you’d want in a 10.
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