Sunday, October 07, 2012

LOTR : The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

[the start to an amazing journey]

The Lord Of The Rings : The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
IMDB- 8.8 (Top 250 : #13)
Rottentomatoes- 92%
RJG Rating- 100

A hobbit,undertakes a journey that would decide the fate of Middle Earth.

Starring- Elijah Wood,Ian McKellen,Viggo M,Sean Astin,Sean Bean
Director- Peter Jackson

Fellowship Of the Ring is the first part of the most epic trilogy of all time- The Lord Of The Rings.The trilogy ,directed by Peter Jackson is the adaptation of JRR Tolkien's books of the same name.

The cast were lesser known actors back in 2001.Elijah Wood played the main lead ,Frodo ,while Ian McKellan played Gandalf and Viggo Mortenson played Aragorn.The shooting for LOTR was done at one continuous stretch ,for almost one and a half years.The movie also boasts of a large supporting cast ,all of which have major roles to play.The acting from all of them was outstanding.While much of the supporting cast dont have much scenes to shine in the FOTR;Elijah ,Sean Austin (Samwise) ,Ian Mckellan and Viggo give excellent performances.The bonding between the cast is so powerful that it really enhances the movie and makes a stronger connection with the viewers.

Being a large fantasy novel ,LOTR has plenty of subplots and an equally big history within its story.So Peter Jackson had to cut down much of the novel to restrict the movies into 3-4 hour movies each.Many stories and characters that had little to nothing to do with Frodo's journey was cut off.
For those who havnt read the novel ,this isnt much noticeable since Peter has done a fantastic job in presenting the shorter version.Each of the 3 movies are an epic tale in itself.FOTR is a beautiful story that not only tells the beginning of the journey but also show some great character development.
FOTR is more of an adventurous tale compared to the battle oriented Two Towers & Return of the King (LOTR 2 & 3).Out of the 3 ,FOTR stands out as a much more peaceful movie.
The starting comparatively runs in a slow pace but it picks up speed within 40 min.

Peter Jackson's hard work and dedication to the project is very evident while seeing the 3 movies.With LOTR he has certainly earned his spot among the great directors of all time.FOTR is a 3.5 hr long movie (Extended Version) , and Peter has shown some truly amazing stuff within this span of time.

Another strong pillar of LOTR are the gorgeous cinematography.It too is among the best.Capturing the lush green fields and the enormous mountains of faraway and blending this much beauty into a story such as LOTR is just outstanding.Such beauty is definitely a feast for the eyes.The beauty of New Zealand is something you wont be forgetting very soon once youve seen LOTR.

Music of FOTR is again great.Howard Shore captures the fantasy elements of the LOTR world.From the peaceful tunes of the Shire to the quite symphonies of the Elves to the war cries of Mordor ,everything hits the mark.

Being a fantasy tale ,LOTR required some good amounts of CGI and other visual effects.The CGI is perfect and doesnt go overboard.The vast armies and exotic cinematography is wonderfully blended into the real world.
But Jackson's choice for illusions rather than CGI makes LOTR even more special in the history of moviemaking.Much of the movie is an illusion played on the viewers.The size difference between hobbits (short dwarf sized people) and wizards (tall people) and other races may seem nothing great while watching the movie ,but its mind bending when you actually know that all the main actors are normal sized people on a set that is made in such a way as to fool the eye.
But this is just one of the tricks Peter Jackson conjures.In Two Towers he introduces a character that will set the standards for CGI even a decade after LOTR!

On release ,FOTR earned worldwide praise for its style and presentation and for the adaptation of such a large novel and was an instant blockbuster earning more than $870million worldwide.

FOTR sets the grand stage for the next two epic movies ,but it remains an unforgettable adventurous experience.A must watch.

Acting- 4.5/5
Story- 5/5
Direction- 5/5
Action- 5/5
Drama- 5/5
Visual Effects- 5/5

Academy Award-Oscars

Nominated-- 9
Best Film
Best Director - Peter Jackson
Best Supporting Actor - Ian McKellan
Best Adapted Screenplay -Peter Jackson ,Fran Walsh ,Philippa Boyens
Best Film Editing
Best Art Direction
Best Costume Design
Best Music ,Original Song - "May It Be" by Enya,Nicky & Roma Ryan
Best Sound

Won-- 4
Best Cinematography -Andrew Lesnie
Best Visual Effects
Best Makeup
Best Music ,Original Score -Howard Shore
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