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

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring


Today I am going to be discussing the movie realise of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring directed by Peter Jackson for New Line Cinema and Warner Brothers.  This is a very faithful movie adaptation covering everything from hobbits to elves to dwarfs.  Unfortunately, due to the limited scope of this review we are going to be discussing the movie, or at least the first movie in the series, in this instance we are not going to get into the expansiveness of the world, otherwise you would be here for hours.  However, let me just say, as a forward before we begin that J. R. R. Tolkien, the author of the books that these movies are based on, has everything nailed down, from the lineage, to the type of tabaco that characters smoke.  So having to start off the trilogy of movies that the books are all based off and having to translate that on to screen is a massive feat within itself.  Peter Jackson had to develop everything from the way the creatures looked, the way they dressed, the way the swords looked and even the way the battle scenes would pan out.  It was originally shot on 33-millimetre film and that has subsequent, quite recently actually, been resorted to 4K by Peter Jackson and Warner Brothers.  I just wanted to mention in order to appreciate the absolute astounding movie, which is 1 hour and, I believe, 28 minutes, I would recommend wholeheartedly, if you can, either watch these movies on standard Blu-ray or 4K Blu-ray.  Peter Jackson squeezed the journey from Hobbiton, which is a location in The Lord of the Rings universe, where Frodo Baggins lives, who is the nephew of Bilbo Baggins who found the ring with his band of traveling dwarfs when he was doing a burglarizing job for them in a book known as the Hobbit, again written by J. R. R. Tolkien which I am going to discus in subsequent reviews.  Mr Jackson manages to explain amazingly the depth and magnitude of the ring and all of its cruelty, malice and ill-intentions in an hour-long feature. The plot is that Mr Frodo has to go with his friend Sam to Rivendell and subsequently, they find out as the plot thickens that the ring cannot stay in Rivendell so it has to go to a place called Mordor.  Mordor being the place where the ring was originally forged by the dark lord Sauron because if they don’t destroy the ring it allows Sauron to cover all the world in darkness and manipulate and allows him to dominate all life on middle-earth.  The translation of the battle scenes, from book to film, the epic fights, the characters such as the Balrog and the expanding universe which Peter Jackson does cover in brief in the first movie, not a lot though is awesome how much of a fantastic job he does.  It is a very faithful adaptation and if you are into fantasy, wizards, elves, dwarfs and little people that carry rings of power and basically have the whole world on their shoulders to get it to a place where it will be safe, then watch the movie.  It is a cinematic masterpiece and that is what is so important, it is a landmark in movie history and therefore if you don’t watch this movie you’re kind of doing yourself a disservice.  I would rate this movie for its expanse faithfulness to the source material 5 out of 5.  The way the characters are covered is fantastic, the way the begin of the story is covered is fantastic and the way that J. R. R. Tolkien characters, places and world was represented is fantastic.  It also does an amazing job of the visual representation.  So, if you want The Lord Of The Rings, or at least the starting journey, in an hour-long digestible chunk which you won’t regret, watch the movie.  Again, I rate this movie 5 out of 5 for its overall storytelling and fantastic direction overall as the beginning entry to the series.  Thank you very much for reading this review and hope you read the next one.


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