Taniel's Review of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Peter Jackson directs this wonderful adaptation of the first book of J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy trilogy. Elijiah Wood stars as Frodo Baggins, the supporting cast includes Viggo Mortenson, Hugo Weaving, Liv Tyler, Cate Blanchett, Sean Bean, and Orlando Bloom. With the help of a courageous fellowship of friends and allies, Frodo embarks on a perilous mission to destroy the legendary One Ring. Hunting Frodo are servants of the Dark Lord, Sauron, the Ring's evil creator. If Sauron reclaims the Ring, Middle-earth is doomed.
The story of Lord Of The Rings is a deeply layered, magical, and highly imaginitive. Peter Jackson is the only guy who could have directed this trilogy. He perfectly captures the essence of the novel and brings it masterfully and faithfully to the screen. This film is full of gorgeous landscapes and sets. This is one of the most visually amazing films I have ever seen. The cinematography is top notch and really, the look of the film becomes a character in itself. I've never seen a setting so brilliantly brought to life. The music is fantastic, it brings a very epic scale to the film. When it's exciting, when it's sad, the music is stunning. The special effects are great, basically I can't say anything bad about this film!
The acting is great as well. Elijiah Wood gives a soft, yet strong performance as Frodo that really carries the film. Hugo Weaving, has a small role, but he's great in everything he does. Ian Holm gives a suprisingly moving performance as Bilbo Baggins, which really shows how powerful the ring is and it's ability to torment the people who carry it's burden. Viggo Mortenson gives a great Han Solo type performance as Aragorn, who is really the hero of the story.
Overall, the first film in this trilogy is a magnificent experience. It is exciting, magical, and utterly amazing. The Fellowship Of The Ring is a solid first film into a truly monumental trilogy.