The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

10 08 2011

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” is the first chapter in the insanely popular “Lord of the Rings” film series. Let me just state that this review is mainly just going to praise this almost perfect masterpiece.

Frodo (Elijah Wood) inherits his uncle Bilbo’s (Ian Holm) ring that was forged thousands of years ago as one of the rings of power. This ring was forged for the evil kingdom of Mordor, their king Sauron. When the king of Gondor, a good human kingdom, named Isildur, cut off Sauron’s finger that held the ring in a battle between the two kingdoms, he took the ring, and instead of casting it into the fire, took it for himself. He was eventually ambushed and lost the ring, which was then found by one of the river-folk, from who the ring accidentally found itself in the hands of a hobbit, Bilbo Baggins.

Frodo inherits this ring, and the wizard Gandalf informs him of its power. Frodo must carry the ring to Rivendell, an Elven settlement ruled by Elrond (Hugo Weaving). He is assisted by his gardener Samwise Gamgee (Sean Astin), his two other hobbit-friends Merry (Dominic Monaghan) and Pippin (Billy Boyd). At the meeting-with-Gandalf point Bree, they meet a ranger who later turns out to be Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), son of Arathorn. The Isildur’s Heir.

Gandalf does not show up. His fellow-wizard Saruman has betrayed him and “goodness,” and has allied with Mordor, still ruled by Sauron, who this time is a big burning eye for some reason. But Aragorn helps the hobbits reach Rivendell, where the council of Elrond decides that the ring must be destroyed. And that can be done only in the place it was forged in, Mount Doom.

Frodo volunteers to do this. Humans, dwarves, hobbits and elves decide to help him. And so forms the Fellowship of the Ring: Frodo, Sam, Merry, Pippin, Gandalf, Aragorn, Gimli the Dwarf (John Rhys-Davies), Legolas the Elf (Orlando Bloom), and Boromir of Gondor (Sean Bean). The first film does not get far in their journey, but it is undeniably more of a setup.

There is also a surprisingly un-cheesy love story between Aragorn and Elrond’s daughter, Arwen.

I tend to look at the LOTR trilogy as a three-act movie. The first chapter is introducing the world and characters. The second chapter is continuing the journey to bigger proportions. And the third chapter is putting a very, very long and epic end to the series.

“The Fellowship of the Ring” as a movie itself isn’t all that good, but if you decide to watch it, you will definitely feel the need to watch the rest of the chapters, which you really should do.

The performances are good, the visuals are astonishing even now, the J.R.R. Tolkien-created world is mesmerizing, the battle scenes are very well directed, the film is well written and directed in general, by Peter Jackson who we now also know for directing “King Kong,” “The Lovely Bones,” and producing “District 9.”

The score by Howard Shore is also great. It’s what most movie scores fail to achieve. It works well with the movie AND is great to listen to without the movie. The Isengard music especially haunts me.

And there isn’t really anything bad to say about this movie. It works as a fantasy film and an adaptation of a book I’ve read — I’ve actually read the LOTR books! I have nothing but good to say about this movie. Except perhaps for the fact that it does not work as well without the rest of the chapters. But that isn’t really a complaint. The only reasons this is a trilogy are because people tend to not see 10-hour movies, and of course, to make more money.

Rating: ★★★★





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