Amazingly we had yet no topic for this amazing movie by Peter Jackson. Never to late to do things correctly so here it is
IMDB wrote: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Director: Peter Jackson
Genre: Action | Adventure | Fantasy
TagLine: The Legend Comes to Life.
Runtime: 178 min | 208 min (special extended edition)
Country: New Zealand | USA
Language: English | Sindarin
SoundMix: DTS-ES | Dolby Digital EX | SDDS
- Sean Astin ....... Sam Gamgee
- Sean Bean ....... Boromir
- Cate Blanchett ....... Galadriel
- Orlando Bloom ....... Legolas Greenleaf
- Billy Boyd ....... Peregrin 'Pippin' Took
- Ian Holm ....... Bilbo Baggins
- Christopher Lee ....... Saruman
- Andy Serkis ....... Gollum / Voice of The Witchking
- Ian McKellen ....... Gandalf the Grey
- Dominic Monaghan ....... Merry
- Viggo Mortensen ....... Aragorn
- John Rhys-Davies ....... Gimli
- Liv Tyler ....... Arwen
- Hugo Weaving ....... Elrond
- Elijah Wood ....... Frodo Baggins
The Fellowship of the Ring keeps the title of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings books trilogy as it is its faithful adaptation.
In this first chapter we are first introduced to the land of Middle Earth and its inhabitants, especially to the most unlikely ones to play a crucial role in its History: the hobbits.
Very self-centred, the hobbits apply the cautious policy of not getting involved in stories involving people not from the Shire, their homeland. They have enough stories to deal with between themselves, no need to care about the tall creatures' problem as far as they do the same on their side and ignore the Shire.
But among them an exception exists, an adventurer going by the name of Bilbo Baggins. Exploring the world away from the Shire, Bilbo has been through lot of adventures (which are told in the book The Hobbit and which will be seen in the two films to come by Guillermo del Toro (direction) and Peter Jackson (executive producer)), and encountered many creatures including the wizard Gandalf the Grey and the weird and weak Gollum from whom he'll steal a strange ring. Doing that Bilbo bring unconsciously a terrible burden back home.
The ring is indeed no less than the ring of power forged by the evil lord Sauron himself in the Moutain of Doom. A ring with tremendous power, built for a simple purpose which can be read on the ring itself with the language of Mordor: "One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them."
Sauron had lost his ring against king Isildur some three thousands years ago when Good triumphed over Evil except that corrupting the heart of Isildur and therefore preventing him to destroy it, the ring made also this victory of Good a temporary one.
During these long millenniums the spirit of Sauron has survived, reinforcing itself slowly to finally be able to gather again an army and to send his troops seeking for the one ring.
Once Gandalf identifies the ring for what it is really, there is no more time for thinkings and action must be taken at once: the ring must be destroyed !
A fellowship of the ring is then constituted around the ring bearer Frodo (Bilbo's nephew) which counts (from left to right and top to botton on the pic bellow):
- the elf Legolas Greenleaf,
- the man Boromir, son of Gondor's intendant,
- the dwarf Gimli ,
- the wizard Gandalf the Grey,
- the ranger Aragorn,
- and the 3 hobbits Merry , Pippin and Sam.
And that's it for the introduction ! If you haven't seen yet this movie. I clearly advise you to do so. I've read the Lord of the Ring books for the first time when I was around 14 or 15 and these books had really made my imaginary explodes, like they have done to many people !
No need to tell you then how much excited I was to discover the movies ! How excited and worried !! Even if at that time Peter Jackson already had a very interesting career. Being the only capable of being award the Grand Prix of Avoriaz for the gorissime (but so funny) Brain Dead and the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival with the astounding Heavenly Creatures. So Peter Jackson was sure able to deal with strong emotions, fantasy and gore effects. The oracles were quite optimistic even if for all readers of the books the work appeared to be titanic due to the extreme variety of creatures encountered in the books, the incredible battle scenes involving massive and disparate armies and last but not least, the amazing landscape described in the books.
The imaginary of the books is so vast that it was indeed very risky to adapt that on screen and I know at least one TLFer who has not at all recognized in the movies the world he has imagined reading the books.
I can understand that ... but for my part it was an absolute pleasure !! The landscapes of New-Zealand are just amazing and for sure this first movie already was a huge advertisement for this country. The SFX are very well mastered. Even if I wasn't expecting less from Peter Jackson, I am still amazed to see them today.
I was not sure about how Peter Jackson would handle his actors and I don't find any critic to formulate against the casting which is clearly involved in the movie. For sure looking at the bonuses of the extended dvd versions help you to believe strongly in that !
The music from Howard Shore is also great (and some of the Cinemadnautes have a weird story to tell you about that music but I hope it will come later in the topic ).
The only thing I was sad about was ... the incredible absence of Tom Bombadil. Clearly one of the weirdest character of the book which I really really hoped to see in the extended version as I wanted so much to see him in the third movie... I was very disapointed to not see him... even if I can understand why.... It might have been far too strange for people discovering Fantasy through that movie. Too sad
So all in all I give this movie a amazingly well deserved 5/6. Why not 6 especially while I still had the same pleasure to rerere...rewatch it for this marathon ? Well ... because of Bombadil anyway... but also because otherwise I'll have trouble marking the two following movie, even if I think I had marked Return of the King 999/6
Well, thanks to the marathon, I hope this topic will be much alive than usual and this first post was just an introduction to launch the many discussions to come !