30 June 2008

Radar Blips - Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

The Year: 2001

The Players: Magneto, Count Dooku, Rudy, Alec Trevelyan, Huck Finn, Charlie Pace, Sallah, Will Turner, Betty Ross, and many more.

The Take: $313 million

Is this based on a book?: But of course, except the film's last sequence was actually lifted from the 2nd book and put in here.

Why you should see it: First off, if you aren't watching the extended version, whats wrong with you. I mean, you are already committed to 3 plus hours. Whats a few more minutes. The action in this movie, tame compared to the subsequent films, is still great. The best parts being the battle in the mines of Moria, the collapsing stairs, and the final battle in the woods. The nine members of the fellowship are also all great. Alas, even Boromir goes out a hero... though trading a couple of hobbits for another elf may have been a smart move. What really makes this film great is how it can open with a light and cheery mood and subtly but quickly escalate into an engrossing and nearly hopeless epic quest full of rich and complex characters. One of the all-time greats.

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