The Fellowship of the Ring

The Top 63 Marathon, part 46

Title: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Year: 2001
Length: 178 minutes (theatrical cut)
Director: Peter Jackson
Writers: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson, based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien
Starring: Sean Astin, Sean Bean, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Ian McKellen, Dominic Monaghan, Viggo Mortensen, John Rhys-Davies, Liv Tyler, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood
Music: Howard Shore
Distinctions: Oscars for Best Cinematography, Best Score, Best Makeup and Best Visual Effects; Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor (McKellen), Best Song (“May It Be”), Best Art Direction/Set Decoration, Best Costume Design, Best Editing and Best Sound; currently #20 on the IMDb’s Top 250

My reaction
Synopsis: the forces of good decide what to do with an evil magic ring
How I saw it: in the theater, 2001; on video many times (have extended cut on DVD), most recently yesterday (theatrical cut, rented from Netflix)
Concept: Indifferent.
Story: Indifferent.
Characters: Great.
Dialog: Bad.
Pacing: Indifferent.
Cinematography: Good.
Special effects/design: Great.
Acting: Indifferent.
Music: Good.
Subjective Rating: 9/10 (One of my favorites). Everything I have to say about it is identical to what I had to say about The Two Towers, so I won’t repeat myself. (Aren’t you glad you spent you time reading that sentence?  And this one?)
Objective Rating: 2.7/4 (Good).


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