The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Peter Jackson (2001)

171min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
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.

Summary

An unassuming hobbit is plunged into a battle against the forces of darkness when his uncle bequeaths him a magical ring of immense power. He joins a fellowship of heroes to embark on a perilous quest to destroy the ring before it falls into the hands of its creator - a dark lord who needs it to regain his power and conquer the world. The first part of Peter Jackson's epic fantasy trilogy based on JRR Tolkien's novel, starring Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Christopher Lee, Liv Tyler and Orlando Bloom.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Peter Jackson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: EntertainmentGuidance: May be edited for violenceAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 14 Dec 2001
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