I am a sucker for fantasy epics. I own the entire LOTR trilogy and a few years ago, Tim and I spent an entire Saturday watching all three of the movies…
There are so many things to like about Peter Jackson’s vision of Tolkien’s classic tale. For one, the sets are breathtaking. Whether the characters are in the Shire or the Mines of Moria, I cannot help but be awestruck by the beauty and detail in every scene. Not to be outdone, the special effects were incredible, especially in Rivendale, the battles and birth of the orcs.
The characters are brilliantly done and nearly perfectly cast (Liv Tyler is not my favorite). You can feel every emotion coming out from each character: Frodo’s fear, Gandalf’s caution, Aragom’s determination, Boromir’s doubt, Gimli’s pride… Legolas is so badass that you can’t help but be in awe of him. Ian McKellen portrayed Gandalf to a T while Viggo Mortenson was perfect as Aragom. I could go on and on about how wonderful each character was in their role.
The story is classic and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy was an amazing adaption. The only thing I would say is that the movie is long and at times it feels like they are trying to fit too much in. Overall this movie is fantastic and I am eagerly awaiting The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey this December. Until then, Tim and I will take a break from our AFI list and watch the other two in the trilogy, because the end of the Fellowship leaves you wanting more.
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