The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

It’s hard to imagine that it’s been over 10 years since Peter Jackson really made his mark in Hollywood with The Lord of the Rings and yet still this trilogy is as close to perfection as you could hope for. For those of you who have been living under a rock for the past 11 years The Lord of the Rings is one of the most celebrated fantasy novels of our time.

With a star studded cast including Sir Ian McKellan, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom and Christopher Lee the film is held together quite magnificently. The opening scene will instantly enthrall you and captivate you and in five or ten minutes you will know everything you need to know before the title appears. A hard thing to accomplish with such a rich storyline but Jackson does it seamlessly. As you’re whisked from the battle of Mordor to the hubub of Hobbiton and the elegance of Rivendell you will hardly notice the 178 minutes pass by as Jackson has clearly spent so much time and effort to ensure each location is as beautiful as the last.

A worthy opening to a world class trilogy which will leave you wanting the watch the sequel straight away.

4/5

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