The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

  • PG
  • Peter Jackson (2001)
  • NZ / US
  • 171 min
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Film Review
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5 out of 5

In the first chapter of director Peter Jackson's $300-million adaptation of JRR Tolkien's classic trilogy, Middle-earth is the fictional setting, but it's no backdrop; it's a living, breathing universe, in which mild-mannered hobbit Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) is forced to turn hero when he inherits the ring of absolute power. Assisted by powerful wizard Gandalf (a perfectly cast Ian McKellen) and a ragtag group of warriors and friends, he must journey across mountain, forest and plain to return the talisman to its source. The computer-generated images transform the New Zealand locations into views that will take your breath away and only someone with a pathological aversion to fantasy could fail to be absorbed and transported by this stunning, sincere and frequently terrifying adaptation.

Plot Summary

Epic fantasy adventure based on the first part of JRR Tolkien's classic trilogy, directed by Peter Jackson, and starring Elijah Wood and Ian McKellen. Frodo, a mild-mannered hobbit, inherits a ring that gives the wearer absolute power. Fearful that Sauron, the dark Lord of Mordor, will steal it, the wizard Gandalf orders Frodo to return the ring to its source where it can be destroyed.

Cast and crew

Cast

Frodo Baggins
Elijah Wood
Gandalf the Grey
Ian McKellen
Arwen Undómiel
Liv Tyler
Aragorn / Strider
Viggo Mortensen
Samwise "Sam" Gamgee
Sean Astin
Galadriel
Cate Blanchett
Elrond
Hugo Weaving
Boromir
Sean Bean
Bilbo Baggins
Ian Holm
Saruman the White
Christopher Lee
Gimli
John Rhys-Davies
Peregrin "Pippin" Took
Billy Boyd (1)
Meriadoc "Merry" Brandybuck
Dominic Monaghan
Legolas Greenleaf
Orlando Bloom
Sméagol / Gollum
Andy Serkis
Sauron
Sala Baker
The Ring
Alan Howard
Albert Dreary
Peter Jackson
Celeborn
Marton Csokas

Crew

Director
Peter Jackson

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Entertainment
Guidance: 
Violence.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 14 Dec 2001
Certificate PG
Categories
Drama

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