Monday, December 26, 2011

Movie of the Week – The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

The adventure film is the first part of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. It focuses on Frodo leaving the Shire and starting his journey as the ring bearer. The fellowship is also formed, introducing many of the principle characters in the series. As with all the films in the trilogy (and the two new Hobbit films coming soon), Peter Jackson directs (as well as co-writes and produces). He has a fantastic group on the film with wonderful music from composer Howard Shore (a score that has since become iconic; and he won an Oscar), beautiful cinematography from Andrew Lesnie (also won an Oscar) and some of the best production design in cinema history from Grant Major. Weta workshop provides brilliant special effects. The cast is great as well. The fellowship is made up of Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Sean Bean, Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, Ian McKellen, Dominic Monaghan, Viggo Mortensen, and John Rhys-Davies. Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Liv Tyler, and Hugo Weaving also are really good in support. The film was nominated for thirteen Oscars and won four. The trilogy is one of the great cinematic works of the 2000s. However, this is probably the weakest film (as much of the action happens in the next two films). This is a must-see for fans of adventure films and those looking to watch the best films from the decade. Check out the trailer.

Extended edition available on Blu-ray Trilogy, DVD and Streaming

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