The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring


(out of 5)

Sprawling adaptation of the first of J.R.R. Tolkien’s trilogy of fantasy novels (and the first of a trilogy of films) that centre around the adventures of pure-hearted hobbit Frodo (), who must undergo a journey to destroy a ring that turns its bearer towards the evil pursuit of world domination. In the first of the three films made from these wonderful novels, Frodo forms a group of friends who accompany him on his journey towards the destruction of the ring he has in his possession, but it soon becomes clear that the jewel’s power over weak hearts is too much for them and they end up possibly endangering him more than helping him. Beautifully photographed and designed, the film benefits mostly from director Peter Jackson’s perfect pacing that never allows the film’s lengthy running time of three hours to ever feel tiring or overindulgent. Another plus is the casting, with an all-star roster of talented actors filling in the roles that dominate Tolkien’s imaginary world:  as a powerful elf sorceress will actually stop your heart,  as an elf princess is stunning, and and  are terrific as the human men in Frodo’s company who are the most susceptible to the ring’s powers.  steals every single one of his scenes with his layered performance as the powerful wizard Gandalf, and the film is peppered with terrifying moments that you will never shake off before the whole adventure is over. Naturally, its being a part of a trilogy means that there really is no ending, but thanks to Jackson’s incredibly good emotional structure the film has a healthy sense of closure before it ends, making the wait for the next adventure not so grueling.

New Line Cinema, WingNut Films, The Saul Zaentz Company

New Zealand/USA, 2001

Directed by

Screenplay by , , Peter Jackson, based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by Peter Jackson, , , Fran Walsh

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by ,

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 2001

American Film Institute Awards 2001.  

Golden Globe Awards 2001

Las Vegas Film Critics Awards 2001.  

National Board of Review Awards 2001.  

Phoenix Film Critics Awards 2001.  

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