‘Fellowship of the Ring’ Ten Year Anniversary Review

Director: Peter Jackson

Starring: Elijah Wood, Sean Austin, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monghan, Sir Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Sir Christopher Lee, Sean Bean, Jonathon Rhys David, Orlando Bloom, Liv Tyler, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett.

Plot: Young hobbit Frodo inherits his uncles magic ring, unaware that it contains the source of the evil Lord Sauron’s power. Along with a fellowship of hobbits, wizards, humans, elves and dwarves he sets out on an epic quest to see it destroyed.

Review: The ‘Lord of the Rings’ is hardly the only big budget fantasy epic based on a bestselling book series, but it’s the one that, in decades to come, will be fondly remembered and kept on a pedestal as one of the great achievements in cinema.

So yes, the cast were mostly fantastic and the art design was amazing and the special effects mind-blowing and whatnot, but there’s a specific reason why this is the amazing set of films we are lucky to have.

That reason is one man: Peter Jackson. Sure he had an amazing crew of thousands behind him and that can’t be ignored, but it’s Jacksons passion and attitude towards film-making that makes that crew what they are. It’s easy to forget that this impressive team worked pretty much from the ground up, on a level and scale they’d never encountered before.

Any look into the special features paints a picture of a director who has inspired his cast and crew to rise above their past accomplishments and produce this epic. It’s an amazing set of circumstances that the budget amd responsibility for this project would be handed over to this splatter film-maker from New Zealand, but a perfect fit is turned out to be.

This decision to film in New Zealand (something that a studio may not have considered) gave viewers some of the most stunning landscapes in cinema, made all the more amazing in Blu-Ray, it rivals the work on the ‘Planet Earth’ documentaries. This also contributed to the small town approach to the film that saw a wide community of workers pitch in. Today you can ask any person on the street in Wellington about their role, and they’d at least have friends or family involved.

As much as this is a collaboration, Peter Jackson was the leader that made this movie what it is and he deserves all the thanks he can get.

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