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THE LORD OF THE RINGS : FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING (2001)

Peter Jackson is once again at the brink of headlining with the motion picture THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY.  This is not about THE HOBBIT.  This instead is the first stepping stone laid by Peter Jackson over a decade ago. The motion picture that he brought to life based on the novel written J.R.R Tolkien.

THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy is considered to be one of the greatest movies that has been done in our time and will fall in line with some great classics such as BEN HUR and TITANIC. Whilst TITANIC isnt a classic yet, with time it certainly will be. The above titles are the only 3 titles in the history of motion picture to have won 11 Academy Awards each there by segregating them as films that have won the most number of Oscars per single title. (THE LORD OF THE RINGS: RETURN OF THE KING won 11 awards)

Strangely enough the story of the battle of middle earth does not appeal to many viewers. Instead a very specific segment of loyal audience would take the time to sit through these lengthy movies. Whilst HARRY POTTER and NARNIA are the closest fantasy adventure movies that can put in the same bag as TLOTR  I would not be wrong to state that the audiences they reach out to are entirely different. HP and NARNIA easily reach out to the young and the old whilst the TLOTR will reach out to mainly those who have read the novels and also to those who appreciate dark fantasy adventures.

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: FELLOWSHIP OF THE RINGS is the title in review.

With 178 minutes of runtime this is a story that is told with intense detailing so that Peter Jackson (director/ Screenplay), Fran Walsh (Screenplay) and Philippa Boyens (Screenplay)  do  justice to the late J.R.R Tolkien.

Synopsis

It has been 3000 years since the battle of middle earth was once fought. It has been 3000 years since the Dark Lord Sauron was defeated by the allied armies of Elves and Humans.  It has been 3000 years since Isildor cut the ring off the fingers of lord Sauron and defeated him.

The ring of lord Sauron could only be destroyed by throwing it back into the heart of Mount Doom where it was forged by Lord Sauron himself. However the ring has mysterious powers that are darker than that seen by man and the ring takes control over Isildor and instead of destroying it he cherishes it. With this ring remained the spirit of the Dark Lord himself. The ring leads Isildor to his death and the ring is lost until discovered by the creature Gollum (Andy Serkis). (His story is unknown to us; maybe Peter Jackson will reveal it in THE HOBBIT)

The ring passes on from Gollum to Bilbo Baggins; A Hobbit in the present time. Bilbo holds onto it for 60 years until there began rumors of darkness once again beginning to stir in Mordor ; the home of the Dark Lord.

The ring must be destroyed before the Dark Lord rises and destroys middle earth and devours it once again into darkness.

Wonders of CGI

It was before AVATAR and before the Norse gods came to life. The wonderous world of CGI is tried, tested and proved worthy by Peter Jackson. The creations of Middle Earth, the creation of Rivendell, the Creation of the Home of Galadriel are my favorite scenes of the movie. The aerial frames shot of the lush meadows of New Zealand (where the entire trilogy was filmed) are simply breathtaking and are fine tuned to extreme precision extracting high definition quality to the viewer. One must always remember that this movie was filmed in 1999/2000 and one must set back technology a decade to appreciate its wonders.

Makeup and Costumes

One is yet to see a costuming and make up extravaganza back in 1999/2000 as one is treated to in TLOTR: FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING. The lead roles of the Hobbits are well done, however it is the dark armies of Lord Sauron and Goblins of Saruman that takes the movie to an entirely new level of motion picture. It is without a doubt that this entire franchise would have failed if Peter Jackson and the production team failed to deliver with the costuming and make up.

Casting

Having have saved the best for the last, the fellowship carries the heavy burden of the “One Ring” without dropping the ball at any one turn. Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan truly are transformed into Hobbits and are lovable, funny and also serious in what they do. It’s almost as if they are Hobbit (If there are any). However it is Ian McKellen who is the show stealer.  TLOTR will never be the same without Gandalf the Grey now would it? His Performance outdoes every other person every time he takes to screen. This does not say that Viggo Mortensen who plays Aragon the heir to the throne of Gondor is overshadowed. This just goes to say that Peter Jackson is directing Mortensen with directions to underplay up until final installment of the trilogy.

There is very evident character development in TLOTR : FELLOWSIP OF THE RING.  Each character is built slowly and cautiously by the actors and no one forces their characters on the audience. Instead they unconsciously draws the audience into TLOTR. Simply said TLOTR : FELLOWSIP OF THE RING is only the curtain raiser and not much of the movie is told at all. All we know is Frodo Baggins needs to go to Mordor and everyone is trying to kill him.

Verdict

This is a tough one for me. I have read the books so I know the story. I have always been in love with THE LORD OF THE RINGS and the books are way better than the movie. This is a movie that is magnificently and carefully put together paying attention to many details and trying to be true to the novel as much as possible (The timeline is completely wrong with the novel). So those who have read the book may feel betrayed whilst those who are fans of fantasy adventure will absolutely love it and also those viewers that are impatient may keep looking at their wrist watches until the movie ends since it over and it is also the shortest movie of the trilogy, Imagine watching the next two ?

TITLE: THE LORD OF THE RINGS : FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING

DIRECTED BY: PETER JACKSON

STARRING: ELIJAH WOOD, ORLANDO BLOOM, SEAN BEAN,SEAN ASTIN,CATE BLANCHETT, BILLY BOYD, IAN HOLM, CHRISTOPHER LEE,DOMINIC MONAGHAN, VIGGO MORTENSEN AND IAN MCKELLEN WITH ANDY SERKIS

RATED: PG13

RATING: 07/10

RUNTIME: 178 MINUTES

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