Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Review

When I was about 11, I'd heard so much about the Lord of the Rings that I just had to watch them. Unfortunately, my Dad made me read the books, first. As I was in my room reading dry page after dry page I was thinking, "There is no way that something this boring could be as epic as all that." And to the universe: I apologize. These movies will not only be among some of the greatest films of all time, but they also claim the title of the best book-to-film adaptations ever. Anyone who is able to take books this boring and make them this awesome definitely deserves that prize.

The Fellowship of the Ring is the first in a trilogy of movies adapted from the beloved books by J.R.R. Tolkien (just because I don't like them, doesn't mean I don't give credit where credit is due). The movie all settles around a hobbit named Frodo Baggins, who inherits a magical ring. This ring turns out to be the property of the Dark Lord Sauron, who can use this ring to take over all of Middle Earth. So, Frodo sets off on a quest to take it to Mordor, where it was created, and cast it into Mount Doom, the volcano Sauron forged it in before the Dark Lord's minions can find it.

Accompanying Frodo on his quest are a wizard, three of his hobbit friends, a human ranger, a human prince-ish figure, an elf and a dwarf. The reason for this fellowship is because the fate of the Ring concerns all people of Middle Earth and so at least one from each race must go along. And thank goodness, because I love all of these characters. Sam, one of the hobbits, is Frodo's constant companion and loyal confidant. He represents in all of us the kind of friend we want to be. Even when times get so hard he just wants to give up, he continues on the journey. Marry and Pippin, the other two hobbits, act as the Harold and Kumar of the company, always getting into trouble or causing mischief while also showing a lot of heart and loyalty.

Gandalf the Grey is actually the wizard who started the whole journey in the first place. After doing research and discovering that the Ring was Sauron's, he sends Frodo on his quest. Not only is he the person who gets the whole ball rolling, he's one of the greatest characters in the movie; he's wise, he's witty, he's kind and the only other word to describe him is EPIC. You need to watch the film to see what I mean.

Viggo Mortensen plays one of the humans named Aragorn, who is the most interesting character. Throughout the trilogy, you get more and more of his backstory. He's the damaged guy with the mysterious past. What else is there to say?

What really sells Fellowship of the Ring,though is its gritty atmosphere. Instead of just using a bunch of CGI, Peter Jackson used a lot of costumes and all of them look fantastic. Whenever an orc gets killed, it feels real and looks more real than if CGI had done it. The injuries that the characters sustain are realistic and every elemental thing has its effect on the characters. You can really tell that both passion and care was put into every shot.

Synopsis: In the end, The Fellowship of the Ring sounds simple but, it's really the characters and the dialogue that make the film. That and the awesome action sequences. If you don't watch this film just because this review didn't grab your attention, you're really missing out for no good reason. This is one of the greatest films of all time and is an epic adventure worth watching.

Score: 10/10


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