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An astonishing masterpiece.,
Considered both as fantasy adventure and as an adaptation of a beloved literary classic, Peter Jackson's film of "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" sets new standards for cinematic excellence. Everything about this film feels exactly right, from the casting to the screenplay to the special effects. The last are amazing, putting to shame anything George Lucas has come up with, and yet they always serve to advance the story; unlike Lucas, there's never any hint that Jackson is merely playing with his toys. Jackson shows great respect for Tolkien's text, but not slavish devotion. Certain characters--such as the lovable Tom Bombadil and Frodo's poisonous Aunt Lobelia--are missing, and Tolkien would be chagrined to find that the little poems and songs he loved to write are nowhere quoted. But if Jackson gives short shrift to Tolkien's whimsy, he more than makes up for that by giving us Tolkien's intensity, pathos and moral vision absolutely undiluted. Above all, Jackson never forgets that Tolkien's chief emphasis was always on the characters he created. Jackson casts wonderful actors to play those characters and--again unlike Lucas--he actually allows them to give performances. How wonderful to find the great Sir Ian McKellen, a uniquely commanding and charismatic actor, as Gandalf, or the charming and touching Elijah Wood as Frodo. You can go straight down the list--Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn, Sean Astin as Sam, Ian Holm as Bilbo, Cate Blanchett as Galadriel--and find nothing but perfection. This is one of the very few big-budget blockbusters that unqualifiedly deserves its success, and all we can do now is look forward with excitement to the release of "The Two Towers" in 2002 and "The Return of the King" in 2003. Like the books they came from, these three fillms will be cherished by future generations.
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Initial post: Jun 21, 2007 2:25:43 PM PDT
How prophetic this review is! For me, the last film was better than the first, but this, "The Fellowship of the Rings" more than excels and is worthy of greatness. Amazing to me, especially was Sean Astin, who captured so well "Rudy," in that far smaller production. I wondered if I would buy into his as Sam, and i do, completely. It would great to see "The Hobbit."
Posted on Aug 4, 2008 3:55:32 PM PDT
Count Orlok '22 says:
Great review. I also think that this will be regarded as a classic by future generations much like The Wizard of Oz and The Dark Crystal.
Posted on Jan 30, 2011 5:04:21 PM PST
Great review. The Star Wars prequels can't hold a candle to LOTR. This in my opinion is the greatest movie ever made.
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