The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Movie Review


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Okay, confession time. I’ve never read the books. My dad read The Hobbit out loud to me when I was a kid, but by the time he read The Lord of the Rings to my siblings, I was too busy with schoolwork and only got bits and pieces of it. So my opinion is colored by that.

That caveat in place, what I really, really liked about this movie (and the whole trilogy really) was how successfully Peter Jackson et al were able to bring Middle-earth to life and make you feel as if you were right there with the characters. It’s definitely one of the most immersive fantasy movies I’ve ever seen. In fact, the closest comparable experience I can think of is Game of Thrones, and they have a lot more hours on the air to create such a richly detailed world. (I don’t own the Extended Edition but I’ve seen the special features and highly recommend them for a fascinating look into the behind-the-scenes work that went into creating such a fully realized world on screen.)

The acting and script can be a bit hit or miss. Both are good for the most part, but sometimes take themselves a bit too seriously. Fortunately there’s usually somebody like Merry or Pippen along to lighten the mood and bring things back to earth. The Fellowship of the Ring also suffers a bit from being primarily a set-up for the other two films and it’s my least favorite as a result, but there’s nevertheless much to enjoy.

My rating: (3.5 / 5)


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