The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Peter Jackson
Running Time
178 mins

Peter Jackson‘s jaw-droppingly original adaptation of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings set a benchmark for 21st century cinema, combining spectacular images with credible characters, complex moral ambiguities, exhilarating action and dark, scary horror.

Most impressively, Jackson and his co-writers pared down Tolkien’s sprawling, tedious, long-winded narrative into a storyline which is both pacy and economical. Every element is exceptional, from the performances by Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen and Sean Bean to the stunning locations, set designs, visual effects, costumes and Howard Shore score.

By robin askew, Friday, Feb 2 2018

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