Randall Dooley is a geek. His three best friends are geeks too. He works in a game shop, he spends all his free time playing online games, his older brother bullies him unmercifully, his ... See full summary »
Randall Dooley is a geek. His three best friends are geeks too. He works in a game shop, he spends all his free time playing online games, his older brother bullies him unmercifully, his widowed mom doesn't understand him, and he's hopelessly in love with the prettiest cheerleader in high school. In short, he's a loser. All of that changes when he hears of the Lord of the Rings gaming competition in Orlando, Florida. Finally! Meaning in life! The FellowsHip is a buddy-comedy written in honor of online gamers and The Lord of the Rings. Full of Tolkien-references and good-hearted parody, The FellowsHip will appeal to Tolkien-fans and gamers alike, as well as anyone who's never been part of the in-crowd. Written by
This film is unexpected fun for Fellowship of the Ring fans. Four geek FOTR gaming friends team up to overcome adversity and try to win a national gaming championship far from home. The obstacles they encounter along the path mirror the adventures of four little hobbits from Tolkein's classic series. If you are well-versed in the Tolkein classics, you ought to enjoy this tribute film, all in good fun, which references many scenes from the novels that were not included in the recent films. My husband noticed many touches I missed, as he was more knowledgeable about the original, and my memory of my childhood reads was more faded. As it was released originally between the national big screen productions of LOTR and The Hobbit, knowledge of the novels is helpful in appreciating this piece in context, but for most, those movies could be seen first, then this enjoyed as a light relief from their intensity (!).
What I love about this movie: humor; does not take itself too seriously; great allusions & bows to the original; ingenuity & originality; lighting was well done; action shots are believable. The costuming fairly simple-- appropriately.
The Fellows Hip reminded me of the great teen flicks of the 80s--like Sixteen Candles and Pretty in Pink--with some reminiscent boy/girl romance elements, plus the ultra-geeks-meet-&-compete-with-jocks theme. Lots of memorable lines & strong over-the-top characters. Plus, it's pretty clean, with only a minor drug issue (pot) playing a role in the drama/conflict of the storyline, making this acceptable for a preteen audience. So, it's soft on adult humor/adult topic, and I enjoyed the refreshing nature of that as well.
What rubbed me the wrong way: one miscast fellow. I felt his poor acting frequently detracted from the rest of what I found to be a thoroughly enjoyable film. He kept getting under my skin--kind of hard to overlook, unfortunately.
All in all, this is totally worth a light-hearted weekend viewing for Tolkein fan families. I hope you laugh out loud as much as we did! Now our kids & we enjoy quoting parts of it to each other around the house- -it's that kind of film.
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