Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring  (2001)

IMDB Rating 8.8/10  178 min - Rated PG Action | Fantasy

Stars:            Elijah Wood,  Ian McKellen,  Orlando Bloom  Director:      Peter Jackson

An ancient ring thought lost for centuries has been found, given to a Hobbit named Frodo (Wood). When Gandalf (McKellen) discovers that this is the One Ring of the Dark Lord Sauron, Frodo must make an epic quest to the Cracks of Doom to destroy it.  Director Peter Jackson’s screen adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s mammoth Middle Earth trilogy is an epic feat in itself; three films – the Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings (2001), The Two Towers (2002) and The Return of the King (2003) – filmed over an 18-month production period between 1999 and 2001 at a cost of $300 million. Jackson’s combination of the landscape of his native New Zealand, where the film was shot, and extensive use of CGI have served to make his ‘Ring Cycle’ the standard not only for fantasy cinema but for modern epic cinema in general. But while the films have proved immensely popular, retaining the mystery, mood and imaginative scope of the course material, Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings, is sombre, violent and almost morbidly death-obsessed. Taken all together, Jackson’s epic vision of Tolkien’s Middle earth is a landscape of final battles, mythical creatures and age-old quests that is rendered throughout with spectacular panache.