Andrew's Review of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
I've put off watching this film for years now. Now, after 12 years of waiting, I've finally been able to watch the first chapter in what can be called Peter Jackson's greatest success. In the first chapter of Jackson's Lord of the Rings epic, young Frodo Baggins (son of Bilbo Baggins, the protagonist in The Hobbit) has been called on an adventure. What starts out as a quest to find a safe place to hide a ring found by Bilbo long ago that contains massive power, soon becomes a quest to return it to where it was first made (Mordor) and destroy it before its original creator (Sauron) can get a hold of it. Let me just say that, regardless of the incredibly long length, I had a blast with this film! The opening prologue discussing the creation of the ring really envelops the viewer into the world created by J.R.R. Tolkien and filmed by Peter Jackson. There's no need to discuss whether the acting is good or bad because everyone brings their A-game into this film. The most notable actor among the bunch would be Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey. His performance shines the most amongst all of the actors, who also do phenomenal jobs in their roles. Also, I recently saw the Hobbit less than a month ago. I did enjoy that film, but there was a major issue I had with it. There were times when I was zoning out in boredom because of how lengthy the story was and how some scenes didn't really contribute to the film at all. Fellowship is longer than that, yet I was on board the whole way through. Sure, there were definitely scenes that slowed down and had me yawning. However, it wasn't done as much as in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. I highly recommend that people see this film. It's a filmmaking triumph for Peter Jackson and I can't wait to see what the other two chapters have in store for me!