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.
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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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