of the Rings:
Fellowship of the Ring
Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Liv
Tyler, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies,Billy Boyd, Orlando
Bloom,Hugo Weaving and Ian Holm
Directed By: Peter Jackson
Speaking? Lord of the Rings Fellowship
of the Ring is brilliant - in every way. What's even better
than the seamless CGI driven special effects and the adorable
shire of Hobbits come to life? The names of Tolkien's wonderful
animated characters; Bilbo, Gilmi, Frodo. Are these words spicy
Thai dishes form the take out joint down the road? Nope. They're
just author J.R. Tolkien's brilliant choice of memorable, catchy,
name gaming whipped together with a magical tale of middle-earth
and good and evil.
is perhaps, the most anticipated film of the year (after Harry
Potter - and for me The Shipping News). There certainly
is a greatness to it, as people had hoped - especially its legion
of fans around the globe. There's also a grandiose drama not
seen it a fortnight. I can already see Chris Kattan spoofing
Elijah Wood as the diminutive Hobbit Frodo Baggins...
Hobbit is as small as a dwarf but cute as a button. They are
like slight Scottish lilted pixies, but from Brigadoon, that
love life and mayhem. What they lack in height and stature they
make up for with gusto mucho macho. Fun little fellows.
Fellowship of the Rings begins a studio trilogy and tries
-hard- to follow true to J. R. Tolkien's classic masterpiece
about middle -earth and their struggles for power and peace.
For those not in the know, the "ring" they speak of
is a plain old gold ring that masters all "rings."
It was lost for something like 2500 years until Bilbo Baggins
(Ian Holm) a Hobbit discovered it and claimed it. Of course
he thought it was merely a magical ring-- not "the"
ring that could change time and lands as they know it.
Upon his one hundred and eleventh birthday Baggins decides to
go forth and live the final days of his life a little
fuller. The Shire he dwells in bores him and in short
he's a hobbit damitt he needs adventure!
friend and mentor Gandalf the Grey (Sir Ian -love this man-
McKellen) notices his anxiousness is worried that it is not
merely old age calling Bilbo towards a bit of senility with
dreams of youthful jaunts, but fears Baggins' "ring"
is through with him and is setting some ominous chain of events
course it is....And our adventure begins to manifest.
nephew, Hobbit Frodo Baggins (elfin-esque Wood) is left the
ring when Bilbo departs. He's now the ringbearer. As
young Frodo inherits the ring, Gandalf the Grey discovers his
worst fears. He learns that the ring is specia"
and so much more than just one of those "everyday-run of
the Shire-mediocre wizard-knock-off magical rings" available
at the Rivendell gift shops. This ring is the ring of all rings!
He also learns the only way to stop the evil it commands is
to return the ring to its place of creation, the dreadful Mount
of Doom. Gandalf tells Frodo to get going, as fast as his hairy
little feet can carry him. He warns, "they" will be
looking for him.
are a group of uber evil knights that work for the ring's true
master. They want the ring back and will stop at nothing to
does as he's told, slightly scared and a smidgen confused at
what his role in the whole scenario is to be he heads off. Luckily,
his best Hobbit buddy, Sam (Sean Astin), joins him- 'cause it
is so much "betterer" to face evil faceless ring hunters
and Orcs with a buddy than all alone in the woods of Narnia...Oops
wrong Oxford author, sorry.
story? You bet ya! The characters are as plentiful as originality
in Tolkien's names. If you're not a Tolkien groupie you may
want to peruse the site-
just to hone up on what's the difference (in Tolkien's world)
between a Ringwraiths, a Hobbit, a Goblin, an Orc and a wizard.
For the rest of you...Enjoy!
Aside: The glory of LOTR/FOTR aside, I can not help
commenting on the silliness of the reoccurring shots (132400,000
at last count) of Frodo's adorable eyes in a frozen gaze of
shock/fear over and over again. Come on! That was a tad
too dramatic and with the triumphant or foreboding music, hopefully
even you die-hard Lord fans got/will get a chuckle outta
Recommendation: Broiled Orc ball and a side of Hobbiton
get an idea of the sheer scope of creating Middle-earth, consider
the following numbers:
900 suits of hand-made armor
2,000 rubber and safety weapons
100 special, hand-made weapons
20,000 individual household and everyday items handmade by artisans
1,600 pairs of prosthetic feet and ears, individually sized