“The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring”

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MOVIE REVIEW: Last night I got to see the movie “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” which stars Elijah Wood (9, Wilfred), Sean Astin (The Goonies, 50 First Dates), Sala Baker (Iron Man 3, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest), Sean Bean (GoldenEye, Equilibrium), Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Caribbean, Troy), Ian McKellen (X-Men, Flushed Away), Liv Tyler (Robot & Frank, The Incredible Hulk), Cate Blanchett (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Robin Hood), Billy Boyd (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, The Forger), Ian Holm (Ratatouille, Alien), Viggo Mortensen (The Road, A History of Violence), Dominic Monaghan (Lost, X-Men Origins: Wolverine), John Rhys-Davies (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Sophie & Sheba), Hugo Weaving (The Matrix, Captain America: The First Avenger), Christopher Lee (Star Wars: Episode II- Attack of the Clones, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)), and Andy Serkis (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Prestige). The movie is about a ring that was created by a very evil dark lord named Sauron (Baker) so that he could use its power to conquer Middle Earth with the help or enslavement of the bearers of the Rings of Power which were individuals from races of the Elves, Dwarves, and Men that were given their own powerful rings. Sauron almost conquered Middle Earth until Isildur, son of the king Elendil, cuts off Sauron’s fingers with the ring attached to it in the war of the last alliance of Elves and Men against Sauron’s army. He then takes the ring as his own, but is soon killed afterwards and the ring was lost. However two-and-a-half millennia later it eventually was found by a creature named Gollum (Serkis) who kept it for five centuries, giving him unnaturally long life. One day a young Bilbo Baggins (Holm) stumbled upon Gollum’s cave and took the ring, keeping it for sixty years. On his 111th birthday, Bilbo decides to leave, giving the ring to Frodo Baggins (Wood). When he leaves though, Gandalf (McKellen) finds out that Sauron is rising up again and wants to take his ring back, killing anyone that gets in the way. He then forms a group called “The Fellowship of the Ring” with Frodo, Aragorn (Mortensen) who is the heir to the thrown of Gondor, Elf Legolas (Bloom), Dwarf Gimili (Rhys-Davies), Boromir (Bean), and Frodo’s friends Sam (Astin), Pippin (Boyd) and Merry (Monaghan) to take the ring to Mount Doom where the ring was created to destroy it so that its power can never be wielded again. I have never seen any Lord of the Rings movies, but because of how much praise it got I wanted to. The story was very good, the acting was great, the special effects were amazing, and the action scenes were awesome. I did like the setting of this movie with its fantasy places like the Shire and the concept of the movie was fresh. I would also say that the cons of this movie would be for how long it is reaching almost three hours long (two minutes off) and that’s just the theatrical version. Another con would be how I couldn’t understand what people were saying at times because of the accents that they were trying to portray. Other than those this was a very well-done movie. I had high expectations and it didn’t reach how people would say “it’s like the best movie ever”, but it is still very entertaining to watch and I enjoyed it a lot. I definitely recommend this to anyone who hasn’t seen it! FINAL SCORE: 87%= Juicy Popcorn

Here is the trailer:

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