PERILOUS JOURNEY: Arwen (Liv Tyler),Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), Frodo (Elijah Wood),Gandalf (Ian Mckellan) and Galadriel (Cate Blanchette).
The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring
Cast: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee
Dir: Peter Jackson
THE WAIT is over for all you Lord of the Rings fans for you can see J.R.R. Tolkein's epic trilogy on screen. The Fellowship of the Ring is the first part of the trilogy where the hobbit Frodo inherits the Ring from Bilbo. The Ring with the markings, "One ring to rule them all, One ring to find them, One ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them," is one of power and if it falls into the dark lord Sauron's hands, the forces of evil would overcome the world.
Frodo is the unlikely hero who with fellow hobbits Sam, Merry and Pippin undertakes the perilous journey across Middle Earth to the Crack of Doom to destroy the Ring. The wise wizard, Gandalf, the ranger, Aragorn and the Elf king Elrond among others, helps him. Frodo has to outrun and outwit the terrifying Ringwraiths (kings who have been overcome by the Ring), the Orcs and sundry awful creatures on his journey over hill and dale and fire-spewing mountains.
The Lord of the Rings is a winner all the way because those who have grown up with the Tolkein trilogy would welcome it with the joy of greeting old friends and those who have not read the books can enjoy it anyways because it is a universal story stirringly told.
Action movie fans are going to root for the film as it has these phenomenal sequences with swishes of swords and crackling flames, volcanoes and what have you. The one involving a crumbling bridge and another where a flooding river takes on the aspect of charging steeds are just some of the memorable sequences of the film.
The film has been rightfully nominated for 13 Academy Awards including best visual effects and sound apart from best picture and director for Peter Jackson who has accomplished mission impossible by shooting all three films simultaneously. The Fellowship of the Ring has quickly acquired a cult status along the lines of the Star Wars saga.
The cast is naturally huge and Elijah Wood brings the perfect twinkly wide eyes to his Frodo while Ian Mckellen (his is the only actor nomination) is wonderfully Merlin as Gandalf. Cate Blanchett is regal as Galadriel and Viggo Mortensen makes a strong Aragorn. There is also Sean Bean (Boromir), Ian Holm (Bilbo), Liv Tyler, (Arwen) and Christopher Lee (Saruman).
The songs, telling of tales and the importance given to food were missing in the film but then you cannot have everything and personally I imagined Hobbits to have thick curly hair on their feet but it is a small quibble in an essential well told tale that "grew in the telling," to its running time of three hours.
The story about a quest, an everyman hero called upon to do heroic deeds, the evil lord, the wizard, the magic, elves, trolls and dwarves combine to create this heady irresistible cocktail of an extremely well made sword and sorcery epic with intelligent use of up to date cinematic technique. Go for it and may the force be with you.
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