Synopsis: A collection of men and mythical creatures begin a quest across Middle Earth in order to destroy a dangerous and malevolent ring.
Description: Frodo, a hobbit is the new owner of a ring that once belonged to his uncle Bilbo. The magical ring can make any one invisible, at a cost to their safety and their sanity. Frodo, helped by several friends, a wizard and a King embarks on a dangerous journey across Middle Earth to destroy the ring and stop the evil Sauron from taking over the world.
Review: The first in the epic trilogy The Fellowship of the Ring is incredibly long and takes a significant amount of devotion to watch; each minute of its three hour run time is adequately used however as director Peter Jackson lovingly tells the story that supposedly could never be filmed.
A large part of the movie’s successful conception comes from Jackson’s own devotion to the books, as such each character is carefully crafted in attempt to stay as true to the original text as possible. This devotion to the original text runs deep enough to include a rather drawn out introductory sequence in which Bilbo announces he is going to leave the Shire and leave his ring to his nephew Frodo. This is probably the slowest part of the movie as it then quickly drives directly into the action and, coupled with some fantastic costumes, make up and special effects, leads the audience deep into the dangers of Middle Earth and the dark magic of the One Ring.
Several deaths and near misses along the way make this a fairly grizzly movie that may not be appropriate for some younger viewers, particularly when the sight of the Balrog that kills Gandalf is enough to keep some adults awake at night.
Ultimately The Lord of the Rings series is a fantasy tale about friendship, and the first movie certainly does the theme justice. The death’s of Gandalf and Boromir are treated with horror and a kind of tragic reverence as both men give their lives to save the little hobbit hero; whilst the amiable rivalry between Merry and Pippin gives the film it’s softer and humours edge that keeps it from becoming too intense.
A fantastic start that holds much promise for the following Two Towers and The Return of the King.The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring ,