The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) – Encore Review 4

“What did you hear? Speak.” – Gandalf

“N-nothing important. That is, I heard a good deal about a ring, and a Dark Lord, and something about the end of the world, but… Please, Mr. Gandalf, sir, don’t hurt me. Don’t turn me into anything… unnatural.” – Sam

Number of Times Seen – approximately 15 times (twice in theater including opening night, DVD, 28 Feb 2014, 4 Jul 2018, 5 Jan 2020, 29 Apr 2021 and 17 Jul 2021)

Link to original reviewHere, Here, Here and Here

Brief Synopsis –A small Hobbit is sent on a quest to destroy a powerful, yet evil ring before it leads to the destruction of the entire world they live in.

My Take on it – This is one of my all time favorite films and is IMHO, the best film in the LOTR trilogy because of the way that it develops these characters in such an intimate and intense way.

My 14 year old son, had never seen it, so we decided to find 3.5 hours where we both were free and watched it together so I could explain to him whatever he didn’t grasp upon his first viewing of this film.

He loved it, but I loved the fact that I was able to enjoy watching a film like this with his for the first time.

the story plays out really well, and the extended edition allows for the viewer to get an even more powerful look at the first third of this epic story.

Elijah Wood is superb as Frodo and really helps make things so enjoyable to watch as we see things through his innocent eyes.

The rest of the cats also help keep things so engaging, but my favorite character still remains Sean Astin as Sam.

The friendship that the two of them have is quite strong and despite their small stature, their chemistry is unbreakable throughout.

Director Peter Jackson does an amazing job laying out the story in a way that is so engrossing and engaging to the viewer since so much happens as this story unfolds.

The music by Howard Shore adds a whole new element to the film’s power because it is able to hit upon so many emotions as things progress.

The ballad style music is very emotional in the way that it helps make this journey feel even more epic because it is also a personal one at the same time.

The special effects are done superbly and that helps transport the viewer to a time and place previously unknown, yet here is all feels quite realistic and plausible the whole way though.

Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Originally, the narration at the prologue was to be spoken by Elijah Wood, but it was felt that the information imparted had little bearing on the character of Frodo. Sir Ian McKellen also recorded a narration, but once again, it was felt that Gandalf wasn’t the right character to speak it; neither he nor Frodo was present at the events described in the prologue. They eventually settled on Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, as it emphasizes the timelessness of the elves. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)


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