Friday, August 17, 2012
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
The first part of Peter Jackson's trilogy struck me as interesting. This was branded for years as unfilmable (is that a word?), and Jackson blew that theory clear out of the water. (Gotta love it when that happens.) Mind you, that's only one of several things I'm talking about here.
Another aspect of the film that caught my fancy was that none of the actors felt out of place. If I had to pick favorites though, I'd choose Ian McKellen because he dominates the screen, Viggo Mortensen because of sexy reasons, and Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd because they're just hilarious together. (What? Everyone has favorites and reasons.)
Okay, there are two more things I want to talk about, then I'll be quiet (for now). Andrew Lesnie's cinematography and Howard Shore's score are just gorgeous. Like Freddie Young and Maurice Jaffe's contributions to Lawrence of Arabia, they define what an epic should look and sound like.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is all sorts of awesome and beautiful. It also left me wanting more. Thank God for the two sequels.
My Rating: *****