Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Year: 2001
Production Co: Wingnut/Weta (SPFX)
Studio: New Line Cinema
Director: Peter Jackson
Producer: Peter Jackson/Fran Walsh
Writer: Fran Walsh/JRR Tolkein
Cast: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellan, Sean Astin, Viggo Mortenson, Sean Bean, Orlando Bloom, John Rhys-Davies, Cate Blanchett, Liv Tyler, Ian Holm, Hugo Weaving, Christopher Lee
Expansive and ambitious vision of Frodo Baggins' and his companions journey to destroy the ring that would assure the Satan-like Sauron's rule over Middle Earth. One of the most dangerous movies ever made owing to the book's following.

Not being a die-hard Tolkeinite myself, I though it did the book justice and included all the elements necessary (and possible) in the three and a half hour running time. Inspired costumes and personalities gave the characters identities that just didn't stick throughout the book and made me care about the differences between races.

The effects were smooth and thoroughly realistic except for snippets of 'cartoon-ness' and the acting as talented as the script demanded. Thoroughly entertaining as you wait for the next larger-than-life terror or joy to come along, and didn't seem as long as it was (meaning it took you in and rivetted you from start to finish).

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