The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
‘You shall not pass!’
Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring is directed by Peter Jackson and is about Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood), a small wide eyed hobbit who teams up with his hobbit friends Sam (Sean Astin) and others to fight the forces of evil between the good and evil on Middle Earth. It is also based on the book series of the same name by J.R.R Tolkien.
My general opinion on the movie is generally affected because I took an interest in it about 13 years, three movies and another three of follow up trilogy The Hobbit years later , so what you would be reading is not from a die hard fan of both J.R.R Tolkien’ novel and the Peter Jackson films, not that it would matter from a passing viewer. Even so, when the Lord of the Rings movies were out (mostly this one), I was not old enough to watch them.
Anyway, the cast were tremendous; Elijah Wood was brilliant as Frodo, and there were plenty of recognizable actors if you could see past their long wigs and pale make up, such as Viggo Morteson, Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellan, Christopher Lee (who has been in mostly everything) and Hugo Weaving- who usually uses facial expression etc as a basis for his charecters.
I, like others, think that Lord of the Rings has been compared to Harry Potter in terms of the fight between good and evil and all the battles, but Lord of the Rings has less films,set elsewhere and is primarily better.
At times it felt as if the movie dragged on, and this one, despite previous criticisms, is maybe one of the best of the series but the soundtrack fits with the movie and does not disturb the action and acting overwhelmingly.
I have no idea why I wanted to watch Lord of the Rings, mostly because I was bored of sagas and trilogies after the Twilight Saga and I have never read the J.R.R Tolkien series so I should find some time to read it if I have a spare month or so.
Excellent cast, great soundtrack and good symbolism, such as the ring in the open hand representing the source of power in the sands of one to destroy it, if you bother to look in that deep.
Worth a watch if you have a spare few hours because Lord of the Rings is very much like Marmite, you love it or hate it.