Volume 95, Issue 54

Tuesday, January 9, 2002
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Ocean's Eleven

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Vanilla Sky


The Royal Tenenbaums

A Beautiful Mind

The Lord of the Rings:
The Fellowship of the Ring

Starring: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen

Directed By: Peter Jackson

Five stars (out of five)

It's a great feeling when what appears to be an overly-hyped and highly-anticipated movie actually lives up to the expectations attached to it.

The Fellowship of the Ring is the first of three installments based upon J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord Of The Rings trilogy. Due to the huge success of the novels, the movie's release has created quite a stir.

The adaptation follows the story of a young Hobbit, Frodo (Elijah Wood), who is faced with the seemingly impossible quest of transporting an evil and powerful magic ring across a great distance while being hunted by evil forces.

Due to the difficulty of his quest, Frodo is accompanied by an elite team of eight, all of whom swear to protect him. The resulting journey is long, treacherous and filled with danger.

Director Peter Jackson deserves a huge pat on the back for creating a brilliant vision of a difficult world.

The age-old story is brought to life through captivating scenery and imagination. All the costumes are great and the characters portrayed on screen mostly resemble those described in the novel.

Casting can make or break a great script and almost every actor does an excellent job portraying unique and difficult characters, despite the inconsistent appearance of the Elves.

One could criticize the length of the movie. Clocking in at over three hours, it's simply too long to sit through. If long movies are going to be the new trend, it's time to introduce intermissions. It becomes hard to concentrate when the audience is constantly shifting and people keep getting up to go to the bathroom.

And finally, to answer the unavoidable question: if you want to know if the book is better than the movie, read it first.

–Dale Wyatt

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