I have been neglecting seeing this film for a very long time. But I have been
nagged relentlessly by my friends and family to see it. So, here it is, I
have finally given in. This review is for Caitlin, Leah, both Amandas, and
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
the Cast: Elijah Wood(Frodo): I felt sorry for him, the poor guy has a couple
of near death experiences. He has a lot of emotion to bring to the character
and it shows very well in his facial expressions. Ian McKellen(Gandalf): As
humorous as I would expect him to be from what I remember in "The Hobbit".
Christopher Lee (Solomon): He is one evil dude. Viggo Mortenson (Aragorn): I
didn't enjoy him at first but I grew to like him by the end of the film. Sean
Astin (Sam): Nicely done as Frodo's ever caring friend. Billy Boyd (Pippin)
and Dominic Monaghan (Merry): A little comedic relief is needed at times and
these two boys ham it up whenever possible, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Cate
Blanchett (Galadriel): I would not expect less from an actress who has had
the pleasure of playing another woman of great presence ("Elizabeth").
the Plot: The first part in a three part series. A Hobbit, Frodo Baggins, is
given the burden of keeping secret a powerful and evil ring. Along with the
rest of the Fellowship of the Ring, Frodo must travel through Middle Earth to
Mordor where the ring must be destroyed before the Dark Lord can find it.
(After falling down a hill)
"I think I've broken something."
(Pulls out a broken carrot behind his back)
"What about breakfast?"
"We already had it."
"We've had one yes. What about second breakfast?"
(After a long, dramatic speech on the mission of the Fellowship)
"Right....where are we going?"
"Nobody tosses a dwarf!"
"Let's hunt some orc."
Fave Scene: Viggo kills the big nasty creature.
the Cinematography: There are some gorgeous shots of the mountain ranges of
New Zealand in this film. Absolutely incredible!
the Makeup: Solomon's battle creature and the Orcs are really nasty. I got to
love those Hobbit feet.
the Special Effects: The squealing of the Wraiths was getting on my nerves,
but that is a minor problem. My favorite special effect would have to be the
Overall Impression: So, you are probably wondering what got me to finally
watch, right? Well, among some other things, I remembered that this was
filmed in Kiwi Territory, was directed by a Kiwi (Peter Jackson), and that an
Aussie Gal (Cate Blanchett) had a minor, but important, role. You are also
probably wondering what kept me from watching it. The battle between Harry
Potter and Lord of the Rings. As you are well aware of, I am a die hard
Potter fan and was blinded by this battle between them. Whoever made this
battle up is really stupid. These two works are tottally different from each
other and should not be criticized together. I have only read "The Hobbit" so
far but now that I have watched the first film I am anxious to read the rest
of the series. For those of us who have not read "The Fellowship of the
Rings" need not fear because the storyline is explained well. I was surprised
by how much emotion is expressed in this film. It is not just all fighting
and yucky creatures. So now that I am left hanging and definitely hooked I
need to go see "Two Towers" sometime soon.
Final Score: *****/*****