Movie review for...The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring-2001.
Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins
Sean Astin as Samwise (Sam) Gamgee
Billy Boyd as Peregrin (Pippin) Took
Dominic Monaghan as Meriadoc (Merry) Brandybuck
Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey
Christopher Lee as Sarumon the White
John Rhyse-Davies as Gimly
Orlando Bloom as Legolas
Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn/Strider
Liv Tyler as Arwen Evenstar
Hugo Weaving as Elrond
Craig Parker as Haldir
Cate Blanchett as Galadriel
Martin Csokas as Celeborn
Ian Holme as Bilbo Baggins
Sean Bean as Boromir
Sala Baker as Souron
and Andy Serkis as Gollum
Directed by Peter Jackson
This fantasy/drama movie starts off an epic trilogy that plays with all of our emotions and taps into the depths of our imaginations, lighting up places in our minds, triggering feelings in our hearts, we didn’t even knew existed.
Frodo is charged by Gandalf to destroy the One Ring of power by traveling to Mount Doom, leaving behind his beloved Shire, a peaceful, carefree life he’ll never know again.
Sam is to accompany him. Along the way, they meet up with their kinsmen, Pippin and Merry. They meet Strider, then Arwen, an elf, and they go to her father in Rivendell. He creates the Fellowship of the Ring. This includes the following 9 companions: 4 Hobbits (Frodo, Sam, Pippin, Merry), 2 Men (Boromir and Aragorn), 1 Dwarf (Gimly), 1 Elf (Legolas), and a Wizard (Gandalf).
We see frightening things, but not too frightening for children as I saw this at 4 years of age and wasn’t afraid at all.
We see friendship, betrayal and loyalty.
And we wonder if Frodo will be able to handle the weight of the Ring and the call of the Eye!
Enjoy this fantasy, this adventure in a place we so desperately wish we lived in. Such beautiful music and a fantastic cast! Peter Jackson directed everything just right and to a T. It is also incredibly close to the book.
As the great Terry Pratchett once said, “Most modern fantasy just rearranges the furniture in Tolkien’s attic.”