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Wonderful and frighteningly under-rated
I remember this when it was first shown on the television and its unfortunately been almost buried since. Great acting from all - especially the Marquis and the lady Door - and well written. Goes to show that a big budget is not always necessarily the most important factor. Watch and let your imagination be taken on one long, dark ride to London Underground... Well done to all involved.
Close to my heart
The books have been a long treasured item in my household, passed down from generation to generation. I first read LOTR when I was no more than eight years of age, and the pages inside of those books opened my eyes to all the magic and adventure, that nothing else I had ever read or seen had show me before. Every year since I still revisit these pages, and I still feel the wonder, bravery and depth I discovered as a child. The first movie, and I smile now thinking about it, holds up to what I have imagined all these years. At the same time, it also brings more. The characters were the same old friends I had accompanied time and time again, old friends but new. I knew the perils they faced but they were presented in a fresh and exciting manner. The ending left me needing the rest, wanting to know what happens despite the fact I already do... This is why this Fellowship works for me, and obviously a lot of other people. Even with a considerable amount of story left out from the big-screen version, what we do have is a story of triumph, courage, strength and friendship strewn throughout with danger, foes and darkness. If I want the bits and peices left out, I can return to the books and use my imagination instead. And imagination is the key here. Peter Jackson and a large amount of other folk were using theirs to create this film. The vivid writing of Tolkien is translated as Peter saw it, and because of this vivid nature it resembles and fits with many, many other people's versions of the story. Fine writing, direction and standouts for me - the unstoppable Mr Lee playing my Saruman and Sean Astin as my Sam. Liv Tyler redeemed herself in my eyes, as I have only encountered her 'acting' skills in the flat,flat and flatter 'Plunkett and Macleane'. There is a lot of love in FotR, from all aspects. I can feel it radiating out of the screen and it makes me glad. Glad of Tolkien's writing, glad of Peter Jackson's creation. An overwhelming triumph on all accounts, and I thank PJ for giving this to not only Tolkien fans, but to all.
TTT, grand, epic, touching, bold. Even though it deviates away from the book more so than FotR, it succeeded my expectations and was better than I initially feared (after FotR, how can you top that?). Helms Deep, one of the most powerful battles have witnessed in a long time.... just imagine what the battles of RotK will be like.... The Treebeard scenes were beautiful, and a lovely moment with Merry and Pippin; There will be no more Shire. Congratulations to Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd there. Eowyn and Eomer, Couldn't have been better casting here. I do feel that both were highly under used. Miranda Otto understood Eowyn's frustration and fear of captivity, her need to fight. I look forward to the more pivotal scenes featuring her in RotK. Gollum, I don't think there is anything different to say except what has already been written on this site time and time again. Magnificent achievement by all involved. Andy Serkis' gollum rasp is terrifying and so alike what I had imagined, and the creation never once took away from the movie. Creepy and pitiful, setting a new standard for CGI. I still feel there is a little loss of something concerning Faramir. The acting from David Wenham was fine, just the twist of the character from the book, and I do understand Peter Jackson's reasonings though, it was just a shame that some wonderful moments and touches from the book had to be missed because of this change. There is one scene that I have not once seen mentioned anywhere but worked so brilliantly - Wormtongue standing by Saruman looking over the vast army of orcs, with a tear running down his cheek...Of shock and disbelief of the number of orcs... It worked so well in the context of that scene and it struck the right nerve with me. And again, thank you Peter Jackson for FotR and now TTT. Just like FotR, it reminds me how special the books are to myself and so many others, and that there are movies out there worth returning to the cinema to see again and again. RotK can't come soon enough!