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Posted on 3/06/12 07:04 AM
The Fellowship of the Ring is visually and emotionally complex, and a near-perfect combination of art and entertainment. It's rare that anything of that genre manages to enchant, move, entertain and shock as brilliantly as The Lord of the Rings.
It might be perceived as boring, dull and repetitive, but J.R.R. Tolkien's trilogy will never be forgotten, and time has proven that even with the recent onslaught of fantasy into litterature, The Lord of the Rings remains at the very top. Now, how is that possible? Maybe because the three volumes were released almost 60 years ago to critical acclaim and have now come to be regarded as one of the milestones of british litterature. They are intricately written and woven in such a way as to affectionally show what life and history really meant to the author as he was trying to pass it on to his readers. Tolkien, a renowned philologist, spent a lifetime writing, revising, compiling, editing, and re-revising his work: the dream to create the ultimate legends through his own imaginery world. And The Lord of the Rings, the most accessible and universally popular of his writings, is also his most accomplished.
As a huge Tolkien fan, I have read most of his books and I'm very familiar with its terms, languages and lore. As I belong to one of the later generations, I've been initiated to The Lord of the Rings through the films and the hype surrounding them - so I don't know if I would love the films as much if I hadn't, in a way, grown up with them, and if I had read the books before. But even now as I watch them somewhat more objectively, I can easily say that the whole trilogy is a wonderful adaptation of Tolkien's work. Peter Jackson got it right and put together something remarkable here, as he succeeded in projecting the creator's vision while still giving it his unique artistic touch, making the films his own thanks to spot-on direction.
The story in The Fellowship of the Ring is rather well transposed to the big screen and flows with intelligent pacing, filled with moments of action and thrills as well as moments of sheer wonder - supported by character development! It may sound easy to mix all of those when you have a 3-hour running time, but is it really? They have managed to bring us a condensed reworking of the book while keeping its charm and its magical touch. Only one detail worth mentioning from the screenplay (a mistake that has been pointed out over and over again...): the omission of the Tom Bombadil encounter, which in the book was sweet and fit the mood of the story at its point in time. But oh well, we've heard enough of it, and the fans will eventually forgive whoever is responsible for that dreadful deed...
Anyway, what I love about The Lord of the Rings in general, but especially in regard to The Fellowship of the Ring is that, despite its extensive use of special effects, it takes great advantage of scenery and cinematography to convey the beauty and grandeur of the surrounding world. And visually, from the green pastures of The Shire to the harsh, brasen land of Mordor, it remains true to how Tolkien might have imagined it.
The Fellowship of the Ring isn't considered to be as epic and intense as The Two Towers or The Return of the King, but in my opinion it is, though by a small margin, the overall-best and most consistent of the three. It is an awe-inspiring hommage to Middle-Earth and its creatures. Here we really get to know the characters and their conflicts, and even with some failed casting, the actors are convincing. There are enough battle scenes to keep the film going, too: the Nazgul encounters, the passage through Moria, the Uruk-hai assault on the Anduin shores...all carried by unforgettable music.
The Lord of the Rings is a stunning piece of work, it is dark and brooding but ultimately poetic, beautiful and compelling. Years after its release, it still gains in watchability and popularity, defining it into a modern classic.