Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring
Starring:
Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Ian McKellen, Ian Holm, Viggo Mortensen, Hugo Weaving
Directed By :
Peter Jackson
Grade
A

Based on the first novel of a trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Rings begins as the hobbit Frodo Baggins (Wood) is given a ring by his uncle Bilbo (Holm), who takes off after his birthday party. When the wizard Gandalf (McKellen) recognizes that Frodo has the One Ring, an all-powerful ring that will let the one-defeated Sauron rule the world, he takes the hobbit, and a few tagalong friends to have the ring destroyed in the volcanic fires that created it. Along the way, they gather a fellowship of allies which helps them survive the trip. For the detailed information on what hobbits or anything in Tolkien's Middle Earth is, just read the books or ask someone who knows. It would take too long to explain in this review.

The story itself is littered with moments that will make you laugh just as a break from one amazing action sequence after the other. In fact, there is so much action that you might find it hard to take your eyes off the screen for fear of missing anything good. After the first thirty minutes of setup, which slowly builds the basis for the rest of the movie, the action comes fast and furious. While not perfect with the original books, the script and film in general do manage to capture the Tolkien feel to it. Just don't expect your vision of Middle Earth to be perfectly imagined here and your be pleased.

I can state no single person that stands out in this film, mainly because everyone who makes an appearance does such an excellent job that the caliber of the cast is not lessened by any weak performance. Visually, the environments are amazingly sculpted and the special effects are stellar. Monsters are exceptionally realized, especially the fiery Balrog who makes a devastating appearance.

The only thing that should keep you from seeing this film is an absolute distaste for fantasy. Everyone else will enjoy this movie and want to go back for more. To be honest, this is easily the best fantasy movie I have ever seen.

- - Vane

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