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An astonishing masterpiece.
Considered both as fantasy adventure and as an adaptation of a beloved literary classic, Peter Jackson's film of "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" sets new standards for cinematic excellence. Everything about this film feels exactly right, from the casting to the screenplay to the special effects. The last are amazing, putting to shame anything George Lucas has come up with, and yet they always serve to advance the story; unlike Lucas, there's never any hint that Jackson is merely playing with his toys. Jackson shows great respect for Tolkien's text, but not slavish devotion. Certain characters--such as the lovable Tom Bombadil and Frodo's poisonous Aunt Lobelia--are missing, and Tolkien would be chagrined to find that the little poems and songs he loved to write are nowhere quoted. But if Jackson gives short shrift to Tolkien's whimsy, he more than makes up for that by giving us Tolkien's intensity, pathos and moral vision absolutely undiluted. Above all, Jackson never forgets that Tolkien's chief emphasis was always on the characters he created. Jackson casts wonderful actors to play those characters and--again unlike Lucas--he actually allows them to give performances. How wonderful to find the great Sir Ian McKellen, a uniquely commanding and charismatic actor, as Gandalf, or the charming and touching Elijah Wood as Frodo. You can go straight down the list--Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn, Sean Astin as Sam, Ian Holm as Bilbo, Cate Blanchett as Galadriel--and find nothing but perfection. This is one of the very few big-budget blockbusters that unqualifiedly deserves its success, and all we can do now is look forward with excitement to the release of "The Two Towers" in 2002 and "The Return of the King" in 2003. Like the books they came from, these three fillms will be cherished by future generations.
Whether you know the books or not...
This is a masterful adaptation of what has for a long time been probably my favourite book. While Peter Jackson wasn't quite true to the plot (which couldn't really be helped), he was in all ways true to the spirit and the themes of JRR Tolkien's masterpiece, which is what really matters.
The best Special effects I've ever seen (in that I wasn't sure I was seeing them if you get my drift!) combined with wonderful cinematography, casting, acting and soundtrack, make this an awesome movie in its own right.
The performance from Sir Ian MacKellan (Gandalf) was brilliant, he truly was Gandalf to the life. Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn), Sean Bean (Boromir), Elijah Wood (Frodo), Cate Blanchett (Galadriel) and Hugo Weaving (Elrond) stood out in much the same way, but even the actors I haven't mentioned were perfectly cast.
Perhaps the biggest star of all though was New Zealand. If Middle Earth exists in this world, New Zealand is it!
I'd like to give special mention to the Second Age battle sequence, which blew my mind from the beginning... the feeling of butterflies in ones stomach wasn't a thing I'd expect at the movies, an effect which is lost on the small screen.
After six viewings (four in cinemas, once on VHS, once on DVD) this movie is still amongst the best I've ever seen. Peter Jackson has made history... and I feel privileged to have witnessed it.
One of the greatest action/fantasy movies made
"Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" is the first chapter in this amazing trilogy. This is one of the best movies released in 2001. The action scenes combined with the drama gives it a unique flavor. The elaborate set-up proves that everybody worked hard during, before, and after filming. It rightfully recieved 13 Oscar nominations, turning into four wins for Best Makeup, Best Visual Effects, Best Cinematography, and Best Original Score.
Peter Jackson created this ensemble from the book version written by JTT Tolkin in 1954. He led the cast and crew to express every detail. It appears easy, but everyone spent about a year preparing. He produced, directed, and wrote this movie brilliantly. No other movie director could reach this quality point. The creativity proves that he'll be a legendary director in a few years.
Every actor expressed their character wonderfully. Ian McKellen rightfully received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Gandolf. His wizard persona is flawless. Elijah Wood's role as Frodo is his best in his career, proving that he'll go beyond child actor fame. Viggo Mortenson, Orlando Bloom, Sean Astin, Christopher Lee, Liv Tyler, and others play unforgettable roles.
The audience will leave the movie amazed. Some scenes will leave them mimicking various lines for weeks following. Fans of this movie should watch this chapter before watching "Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers", which is equally amazing. Otherwise, one will be confused.
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