The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring is a 2001 epic fantasy adventure film and the first film in the The Lord of the Rings trilogy. It was directed by Peter Jackson and was based on the first volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's book series, The Lord of the Rings.
Thousands of years ago in Middle-earth, a couple lord of elves, dwarfs, and kings were given Rings of Power. But in secret, The Dark Lord Sauron forged a ring on the top of Mount Doom. The One Ring to rule them all. An alliance of men and elves fought Sauron's forces in Mordor, then Isildur of Gondor kills Sauron and takes the Ring for himself. After he was killed, the One Ring was lost.
A couple of years later, the One Ring is found by Frodo Bagging and now he and eight companions form The Fellowship of The Ring to go on an adventure to Mount Doom to destroy it for good.
Why It Rocks
- The visual effects are really stunning, like the scenery, the fireworks display at the beginning, and the even town of Rivendell.
- The acting is top-notch, especially for Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, and Christopher Lee.
- The action sequences are quite suspenseful and exciting. Like when the dark riders come to look for Frodo.
- An amazing and epic soundtrack that fits the tone of the movie.
- The movie story follows the source material amazingly well.
- Excellent costume and makeup design on the characters. Some of them are reminiscent of 70's rock bands.
- Gandolf's famous line, "You shall not pass!" has been a popular meme since.
- Liv Tyler has a forgettable and minimal role here.
- Sometimes the action scenes feel like playing a video game.
The film received universal acclaim from critics, moviegoers, and fans of the books, calling it one of the best fantasy films ever made. At the 74th Academy Awards, it received thirteen Oscar nominations and ended up winning four for Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, Best Makeup, and Best Visual Effects. It also won four BAFTA Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.