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L.O.T.R.: The Fellowship of the Ring /

Rated: PG-13

Starring: Elijah Wood, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Ian McKellen, Sean Astin 

Directed by: Peter Jackson 

Produced by: Peter Jackson, Barrie M. Osborne, Fran Walsh, Tim Sanders 

Written by: Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens, Fran Walsh 

Distributor: New Line Cinema


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     This movie brought me peace. Watching it was like meditation, I had reached a state of nirvana for the three hours that it extended. The wonderful acting combined with luscious landscapes and nonstop action in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring created an infallible motion picture that I greatly respect. I was able to feel the breeze, breathe the air, and taste the water, this film makes your senses come alive. This is one of the most ideal movies of two-thousand-and-one; it's okay for kids, adults will enjoy it, and fans of the books will be blown away. This is Peter Jackson's best movie, it was all I hoped for and more.

     My favorite aspect of this film was undoubtedly the cinematography. Director Peter Jackson posed overhead shots of the beautiful New Zealand landside that amazed me. They will be respected by filmmakers, as well as the average movie-goer. This is what makes this movie as desirable as it is, it appeals to a wide range of people; and will be loved by almost everyone who sees it.

     My favorite character in it was Sam, I got a kick out of him. He brought a comedic appeal to the movie and at the same time and emotional one. One minute he was bringing unintended humor to the table with his clumsy way of thinking and careless attitude, and another he would be very sorrow -- Sean Astin had great versatility as to in the way he portrayed the character the way J.R.R Tolkien would've wanted him to.

     Now I know I'm being too critical here, but I do have one objection to this movie. It was not close enough to the book, even though it possesses three hours of material. They only covered the big events in the book, mostly battle sequences. They used hardly anything in between. It didn't have enough supporting material. If they had added ten more minutes to it, it would've been a lot better, though enormously long. If I had not have read the book, the film would've seemed to be better, but I have read it; live with it.

     The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring to me was like a peaceful alternative to Zorro. It is an excellent movie for all ages with the exception of some thematic elements that might scare the youngsters. It brings a good time and is a beautiful representation of superb filmmaking. I strongly recommend this exciting picture that fulfills everyone's taste in film. Go see 'the Lord of the Rings' now!

-Danny Baldwin, Bucket Reviews


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