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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Released: 2001

Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Runtime: 2 hr 58 min

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Director: Peter Jackson

Starring: Alan Howard, Noel Appleby, Sean Astin, Sala Baker, Sean Bean, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, Marton Csokas, Megan Edwards, Michael Elsworth

Frodo and friends begin their journey to destroy the One Ring.

The greatest fantasy movie ever made.

Review by: MiamiMovieCritic

Added: 8 years ago

This is the one that started it all: The billion-dollar franchise that rocked everybody’s world. I remember talking about The Lord of the Rings with one of my closest friends in college. This was a few years before Fellowship came out, and we were reading an article about it in Entertainment Weekly. We were savvy enough to know who Peter Jackson was – we were huge fans of Dead Alive and Heavenly Creatures. And we were like, “No way this thing turns out to be as great as it could be. This is just way too good to be true.”

Boy, did Jackson ever prove us wrong. Fellowship is pretty much the greatest fantasy movie ever made… or it was, anyway, until Two Towers came out… which, in turn, was bested by Return of the King. Taken as a whole, The Lord of the Rings is like a crack sandwich buttered in pure happiness.

The prologue is so fucking epic that at first you’re certain that Jackson has topped himself. And he has, really; along with the battles that conclude Towers and Return, the opening of Fellowship is the most amazing sequence in the franchise. I like the innocence of Fellowship, the everyday scenes in the Shire. Unlike Towers and Return, the film is greatly improved in the DVD extended cut, because we can’t get enough of the Shire, and we want all of the character development we can get before Frodo faces his impossible task.