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Ok. I admit it. I saw The Fellowship of the Rings on opening day. How was it? Well...I'm not quite sure. Every person sees a thing differently, and each person who reads The Lord of the Rings has a different idea of how Tolkien's world looked and acted. This movie happens to be Peter Jackson's idea of what Middle Earth was all about. You may agree, you may disagree.

The Ratings:

The Scenery: A+ -Whatever else he may have done, Mr. Jackson knows his scenery. The world looks damn cool. I'd like to schedule a vacation in Hobbiton next week.

The Acting: B -Everyone is working their asses off, you can see that well enough, but something isn't quite there all the time. It's not quite dead-on.

The Special Effects: A+ -Lordy. What you can do with 300 Million Dollars...

The Faithfulness to the Book: A -You will be pleased to know that most of the cool scenes from the book have been kept, and they look it. Sadly, the Tom Bombadil stuff was cut out, and a few scenes have been changed.

Ian McKellon as Gandalf: A+ -Make no mistake, chillun, the man can act. He IS Gandalf. Dead-On perfect.

Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins: B+ -Given the more or less constant screen time, the fact that he's filming roughly eight hours of footage simultaneously, and the fact that he's THE main character, Elijah does an admirable job. Still, he's not quite the Frodo you've come to know and love. He's a little less...umm...heroic.

Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn (Strider): A -Despite looking a little like a soap opera star, Mortensen makes a convincing Aragorn, both rough and uncouth, and yet kingly and noble.

Cate Blanchett as Galadriel: A -Though often nearly obscured by the special Elder Elf effects floating around her, Blanchett is a dead-on Galadriel. Also, the Terrible Queen sequence kicked all kinds of ass.

Ian Holm as Bilbo Baggins: A+ -While Ian McKellen personified exactly the Gandalf I've always imagined, Ian Holm managed to actually ADD to Bilbo Baggins. At once a doddering old man and a dangerously tempted ring-bearer, he's perfect as Bilbo.

Hugo Weaving as Elrond: A -I like Hugo Weaving. A lot. The major problem with him in The Fellowship is that I have to make a conscious effort to think of him as Elrond Halfelven and not Agent Smith. That's the peril of being in big movies.

Liv Tyler as Arwen: B- -Eye candy. That's all.

Sean Astin as Sam: B+ -They changed Master Frodo to Mister Frodo, and made him a little more surly than in the book, but otherwise, not bad.

Orlando Bloom as Legolas: A+ -Yep. That's Legolas.





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"Quit this world, quit the next world, quit quitting!" -Sufi proverb.


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The following comments are for "Fellowship: A Review"
by Beckett Grey

re: Fellowship
I'll add a few bits, since I went and saw this last night. Firstly, I've never read the books (don't kill me) but I am a huge SciFi / Fantasy fan. I'm also fairly critical of movies.

This movie rocked. All of the actors did a bang up job. We knew most of these actors from something, but not one of them was a "mega-star".. thank god. This movie would have suffered had it been a star powered cast. The fact that these actors have done lots, but most people don't know their names was a magical choice in casting.

I agree with Beckett, it was tough to not look at Hugo (Elrond) and think of Agent Smith. Though he was still fantastic in the short screen time he had.

I've heard plenty of people complain about the "expanded" role of Arwin. Well, she's only in the movie two scenes, so it can't be all the much of a stretch.

One of the scariest scenes is when Bilbo tries to grab the ring from Frodo. Probably the scariest thing I've seen in a movie in ages. The fact that this "one ring" influences so much impressed me to no end. The greed and lust for power this ring inspired was also truly scary.

This movie is top 10 on my list. I may even be a top 5 favorite. And yes, I'm going to leave the house later today and by the Lord of The Rings and read it, my precious.

--Chris

( Posted by: Chrispian [Admin] On: December 22, 2001 )





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