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When I first heard they were planning to put my favourite trilogy on the big screen with real life actors I was anxious as to what the result would be.
I really didn't need to worry. Kudos to Peter Jackson who has taken a fine cast, beautiful scenery, great cinematography and a fabulous story and melded it into a wonderful movie.
As for the Fellowship what can I say, they were all magic and gosh I felt for them, especially Frodo who has the greatest burden of them all. The way Elijah Wood expressed the whole 'I don't want to do this but i know i have to" attitude was astounding. He made me feel like yelling out "I'll do it I'll carry the ring for you".
Orlando Bloom was unearthly as the elf and the two humans Viggo Mortensen and Sean Bean were wonderfully flawed and heroic at the same time. And Gandalf well Ian Mckellen did it all; nice friendly old wizard and all powerful sorcerer just as i had pictured this wizard with a soft spot for halflings. The other hobbits are a fantastic foil for the increasingly serious Frodo and the Dwarf is a joy.
The support cast also shone giving the movie incredible depth.
Bottom line: All I want for Christmas 2002 is a ticket to The Two Towers to see what happens next.
Appeals to all ages
When I went to see this movie I went with 2 pre-teens and 2 over 70s. We all came out raving (Although one of the over 70s blames Harry Potter for sore hips for a month.) The special effects were great and the cast were perfect. J. K. Rowling's input shows as the film is mostly faithful to the book. An enjoyable outing all round and one I recommend.