I knew nothing of the Lord of the Rings before I went to see this film. It was simply something my life didn't have a need for up until that point. I saw it alone but that didn't make it any less enjoyable!
PJ gets a lot of flak for a lot of things but I think the Trilogy was in the right hands. He spent hours of his life trying to make these films into a decent piece of work that anyone could enjoy. From fans of the books to causla viewers. He couldn't please everyone but I think with what he set out to do, he did it fantastically.
The film starts with a recap of Middle-Earth in the past thousand years or so, which are all integral to the story of the One Ring. By a Mouse-Trap of coincidences, the One Ring ends up in the possession of LOTR's main protagonist, Frodo Baggins.
His quest is to destroy it as only evil will come of it. Sauron, the main bad ass, is meant to be an omnipresent form but is singularly symbolised by a flaming lidless eye on the top of Barad-dur. I felt this limited the potential of the Dark Lord but it was easier for viewers to understand with the visual stimuli.
My favourite part of the film is how epic the struggle is for the Fellowship. They are the Underdogs by far, yet they push and shove their way through tremendous amounts of hardship.
Visually, the entire film was perfect. Every set was how you would imagine it, it was authentic to an extent that Middle Earth existed through the lense of the cameras! Just thinking about it makes me feel lifted that cinema can create entire universes for anyone to enjoy.
I hate the fact that Orlando Bloom got his stardom through this trilogy though. He has no talent. He plays the same character in every film. Plus, Legolas was my worst chaarcter of the trilogy. He was too much of a Deus Ex Machina.
Sean Bean, Sean Astin, John Rhys-Davis, Hugo Weaving, Ian Holm, Paul Whitehouse Orc were all fantastic in their respective roles. Mortensen & McKellen were, beyond any shadow of a doubt, the best casting for their roles. If anyone else had played Gandalf or Aragorn, it would have been a serious blow to the trilogy.
This is literally the first-step and I remember for the two Christmas' after its release. I was always gagging for the next installment. There is no other film of today that is on as grander scale as Lord of the Rings.
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