For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Travel Films here’s a review of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings (2001) by me
Thanks again to Rebecca of Almost Ginger for choosing this month’s genre.
Next month’s genre has been chosen by Nick Rehak of French Toast Sunday and we will be reviewing our favorite Biographical Films.
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Try to think out of the box! Great choice Nick!
Let’s see what I thought of this movie:
“[to his party guests] I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve. ” – Bilbo Baggins
Number of Times Seen – approximately 15 times (twice in theater including opening night, DVD, 28 Feb 2014, 4 Jul 2018, 5 Jan 2020 and 29 Apr 2021)
Link to original review – Here, Here and Here
Brief Synopsis – A young Hobbit is tasked with taking a dangerous magical ring to the far reaches of Middle Earth in order to destroy it.
My Take on it – When it comes to travel movies where the characters take a journey, there is probably nothing as comprehensive and complex as the journey taken by Frodo and Sam in this film.
They must try and find a way to traverse the land of Middle Earth and go places they never imagined they would ever see.
The story of their journey is quite long and therefore it was broken up into 3 movies.
This is the very first one and even after nearly 20 years, it remains my favorite in the trilogy because of the light tone of the beginning and the way that we are introduced to all of these iconic characters who become so important over the course of the films.
The film’s extended version might be close to 4 hours long yet it is able to enhance the story and journey of these characters so much more.
This film(and series) was groundbreaking when it was made in that they filmed all 3 films together, yet still released them at one year intervals.
The special effects are superbly done and they add so much to the story in so many profound ways that helps make the characters and the distant lands come to life before us.
The music by Howard Shore also adds so much to the way things play out and allows so much of the events and characters to feel even more poignant throughout.
Despite it’s length this is a film I can rewatch over and over again and every time that I watch it, I’ll notice details that I hadn’t seen beforehand which says so much about the way this film was made.
Highly Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The cast often had to fly to remote shoot locations by helicopter. Sean Bean (Boromir) was afraid of flying and would only do it when absolutely necessary. When they were shooting the scenes of the Fellowship crossing the snowy mountains he’d spend two hours every morning climbing from the base of the mountain to the set near the top, already dressed as Boromir. The crew being flown up could see him from their helicopters. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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