The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

Directed By – Peter Jackson

Screenplay By – Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson

Cinematography By – Andrew Lesnie

Starring Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Ian McKellen & Viggo Mortensen

178 min.

As I had the horrid aftertaste from The Battle of the Five Armies in my mouth I had to wash it out with The Fellowship of the Ring. This movie gets better and better as I get older. The first installment in what is arguably the best trilogy in cinema history is just every fanboy’s (and girl’s) wet dream. Really all three of them are. But what Fellowship has that Jackson forgot about with his Hobbit movies is that The Lord of the Rings has a purpose as a whole, but each individual movie (book) has a beginning middle and end unto itself.

In the Fellowship, Frodo goes from just wanting to get outside the Shire to accepting that it is his duty and his duty alone to take the ring to Mount Doom. The rest is what will follow in Books (and movies) two and three. Fellowship is not an action movie because it is not an action story, it is and will always be a tale of adventure.

But there is the little things like having real humans in “orc” costumes. Sure maybe some of the orcs are CGI but the main ones are actors and this gives a realness to the Fellowship that The Hobbit movies do not have. Also I’m still dumbfounded as to how Jackson was able to make the actors all different sizes depending on their races. It know it is all green screen but that he was able to pull it off at the time he did is still remarkable.

I love this movie and I love the other two in this trilogy. I only wish Jackson would have made something as substantial with The Hobbit as he did with The Lord of the Rings.

God Bless America


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