Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

UK release date: Mar 26 2008

cast list

Elijah Wood
Ian McKellen
Christopher Lee
Cate Blanchett

directed by
Peter Jackson

Elves, hobbits, orcs, half-elves, sea monsters, nasty individuals with glowing eyes, a demon made of fireworks… The capacity audiencesat in stunned silence throughout the 3-hour runningtime of Peter Jackson’s interpretation of ‘Lord of the Rings’.

This could’ve been due to the amount of violence, plot twists, characters andthe actual length of the film, all of which would’ve qualified this film for a sterner rating than “PG”.That aside, the film is an exquisite piece of work which, for anyone over 10, should mesmerise.

Frodo, a young Hobbit, is given a ring for safe keepingby Gandalf (played by Ian McKellen) which has been forged by the Dark LordSauron. The ring must be destroyed in order to savethe world (Middle Earth, in this case), but it canonly be destroyed in the place where it was forged:Mordor. So begins a quest in which Frodo, and the’Fellowship of the Ring’, must battle all manner ofdangerous creatures, half-builtstaircase leaps, snowstorms and orcs.

What distinguishes this film from the likes of ‘Harry Potter…’ is the set-pieces, including thewonderful scene in the underground caves. When the characters emerged and startedgetting their breath back, I breathed a sigh of relief.

Being an action film, there is not a great dealof acting to comment on, but the characters aremore than adequately realised by a stellar group ofactors and actresses including Ian Holm, Ian McKellen,Elijah Wood (Frodo) and Cate Blanchett.

Peter Jackson might have suggested that his film was flawless (or maybe that was hisoverzealous PR agency…?), but the point is well made – it is really rather good. Once might be enough, but if you really want to take everything in, viewing this film at least twice would be recommended.

So at the end of this first episode of the trilogy, we areleft with most of the story yet to be recounted andwe have to wait a whole year for the next part. The next two parts of the trilogy will be eagerly awaited.

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