Tuesday, 8 January 2013

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

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of 
the Ring

Release Date: 26th December 2001 - Australia

Production Companies
New Line Cinema (presents)
WingNut Films
The Saul Zaentz Company (licensor)

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: M

Runtime: 178 minutes

Budget: $93,000,000

Box Office Gross: $871,939,746

Plot Summary
In a time before history, in a 
place named Middle-earth, 
a dark and powerful lord has 
brought together the forces 
of evil to destroy its cultures 
and enslave all life caught in 
his path. Sauron's time has 
come and he needs only one 
small object, a Ring that has 
been lost for centuries, to 
snuff out the light of civilization 
and cover the world in 
darkness. Though he has 
put all of his power into the 
search for it, fate has put it 
in the hands of a young 
hobbit named Frodo 
Baggins, who inherits the Ring 
and steps into legend.

With the help of a loyal 

fellowship comprised of hobbits 
Sam, Merry and Pippin; Gimli 
the dwarf; and humans Aragorn 
and Boromir; and with the 
guidance of the wizard Gandalf, 
and elves Arwen, Galadriel 
and Elrond, Frodo must 
journey to the Mount of Doom 
to destroy the Ring. If he 
doesn't find a way, no 
one will.

Elijah Wood - Frodo Baggins
Ian McKellen - Gandalf the
Viggo Mortensen - Aragorn
Sean Astin - Samwise "Sam"
Orlando Bloom - Legolas
John Rhys-Davies - Gimli
Billy Boyd - Peregrin "Pippin"
Dominic Monaghan - Meriadoc
"Merry" Brandybuck
Christopher Lee - Saruman the
Andy Serkis - Gollum
Liv Tyler - Arwen
Hugo Weaving - Elrond
Cate Blanchett - Galadriel
Ian Holm - Bilbo Baggins
Sean Bean - Boromir
Marton Csokas - Lord Celeborn

Screenplay/Producer/Director -
Peter Jackson
Based on Novel "The Fellowship
of the Ring" - J. R. R. Tolkien
Screenplay/Producer - Fran Walsh
Screenplay - Philippa Boyens
Producers - Barrie M. Osborne
& Tim Sanders
Production Designer - Grant Major
Conceptual Designer/Carpenter - John Howe
Conceptual Designer - Alan Lee 
Special Make-Up, Creatures,
Armour & Miniatures
Supervisor/Costume Designer -
Richard Taylor
Costume Designer - Ngila Dickson
Director of Photography -
Andrew Lesnie
Sword Master - Ben Anderson
Stunt Coordinator - George Marshall Ruge
Visual Effects Supervisor - Jim Rygiel
Effects Consultant: Weta - Mark Stetson
Animation Supervisor/Designer: Weta Digital -
Randall William Cook
Film Editor - John Gilbert
Music - Howard Shore


2002 Academy Awards
Best Cinematography - Andrew Lesnie (Won)
Best Makeup - Peter Owen & Richard Taylor (Won)
Best Music, Original Score - Howard Shore (Won)
Best Visual Effects - Jim Rygiel, Randall William Cook,
Richard Taylor & Mark Stetson (Won)
Best Picture - Peter Jackson, Barrie M. Osborne
& Fran Walsh (Nominated)
Best Adapted Screenplay - Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens
& Peter Jackson (Nominated)
Best Art Direction - Grant Major & Dan Hennah
Best Costume Design - Ngila Jackson & Richard Taylor
Best Film Editing - John Gilbert
Best Music, Original Song "May It Be" - Enya &
Nicky & Roma Ryan (Nominated)
Best Sound - Christopher Boyes, Michael Semanick,
Gethin Creagh & Hammond Peek (Nominated)

I'm not a big fan of the Lord of the Rings series, its easy to say that I finally got to do a review of THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING which I was supposed to do last year to coincide the release of THE HOBBIT. Now let's talk about this first instalment that started Peter Jackson's trilogy into greatness. The picture has massive things and proportions such as a recognizable cast like Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Christopher Lee, Viggo Mortensen and the actor who played my favourite character of the film Legolas is Orlando Bloom. Continuing the rest of the fantasy flick are the landscapes, the action scenes like the swordplay, the laughs and especially the great moments.

There's never a single word or a doubt about this particular film, THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING is a bodacious masterpiece and a must-see for the LOTR fans.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie

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