May 30

Film review – The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

Film review – The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

The Fellowship Of The Ring

Rating: 10/10

Starring: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Sean Astin, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Bean, Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, John Rhys-Davies, Christopher Lee, Sala Baker, Hugo Weaving, Marton Csokas, Cate Blanchett, Liv Tyler, Ian Holm, Lawrence Makoare, David Weatherley, Martyn Sanderson

Directed by: Peter Jackson

Review:  Film review – The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) – Thirty years ago, when I first read Lord of the Rings I did what many artists, illustrators and film makers had done before and would do again. I began to try and visualise Tolkiens world. Like all those others before me and since I failed. It was just too big a task and seemingly impossible to achieve. That is until now, what Peter Jackson has done cannot be underestimated. This is the great cinematic masterpiece of its time.

This first part of the trilogy covers the flight of the ring to Rivendell and then the formation of the fellowship tasked to take the ring to mount doom. The fellowship are prevented from taking the pass of Caradhras by the fallen wizard Saruman. And as a result risk the Mines of Moria. There they discover that all the dwarves are dead. They encounter a balrog and Gandalf confronts it at the Bridge of Khazad-dûm. He speaks the immortal words “Go back to the shadow, you shall not pass”

Having passed through Moria the fellowship then encounter elves on the fringe of Lothlórien and are taken to Galadriel and Celeborn who offer them shelter for a time. Having passed through Lothlórien they take the river Anduin to Parth Galen above the Falls of Rauros and there the fellowship breaks as they are attacked by a force of Uruk-hai created by Saruman. The film concludes with the fellowship split, Frodo and Sam go to Mordor while Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli chase the Uruk-hai who have captured Merry and Pippin.

Its impossible to pick out individual performances. The cast perform brilliantly. The cinematography is beautiful. Middle earth is finally brought to life. Masterpiece.

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lord_of_the_Rings:_The_Fellowship_of_the_Ring

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120737/

Amazon: Buy it