The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

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Sauron, a dark lord, has created a powerful ring that has been lost through the centuries. A chase ensues to recover it between the good and evil forces. The former include the grey bearded wizard (Ian McKellen), a ranger (Viggo Mortensen), archer (Orlando Bloom), dwarf (John Rhys-Davies), and a reliable hardworking Hobbit (Elijah Wood). For the evil forces, there is the white wizard Saruman (Christopher Lee), ringwraiths, orcs, and a giant flaming horned beast. Surrounding the story are mountain ranges, waterfalls, and leafy scenery. This is a sensational and ambitious kind of adventure epic.

It’s got elegant dialogue by characters that are performed eloquently. The music is ethereal. Special effects are skilled particularly during the battles. Its locations are breathtaking. As for character relationships, some are undeveloped such as that between Aragon (Mortensen) and an Elf named Arwen (Liv Tyler)- They spend romantic time together speaking tenderly and we know little about them. All this comprises an overall run time of 178 minutes which feels a bit too long. But what works most is the constant sense of fear as the orc creatures beset the land in search for the ring. Based on the book by J.R.R. Tolkien, and directed by Peter Jackson,  it’s an epic tale of heroism and adventure that requires a wider screen to appreciate its suspense, situation, and consider its characters chances of success.

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