The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring – Extended Edition (movie review)

Now that The Hobbit has wrapped up, we went home and started rewatching The Lord of the Rings and of course started with The Fellowship of the Ring (as per The Battle of Five Armies’ suggestion). Fellowship has always been my favorite (and only the Extended Edition will do), but it also makes it clear how very much The Hobbit movies pale in comparison. But that’s a discussion for another day – today, I’m talkin’ about the One Ring, yo!

Ah,The Fellowship of the Ring – this has got to be the best action/adventure/fantasy film… maybe ever. There’s so much going on; the ring itself is a threat to our heroes, not to mention the monsters chasing them. Everything comes together and works so well: the actors, costumes, sets, music, photography, effects… it’s all close to perfect.

I just love the story and Peter Jackson and his team brought it to the screen with an amazing adaptation. He builds up the characters and their relationships in a way that gives immense gravitas to each situation. For example: There’s this guy, Gandalf – he’s a badass and everybody loves him. But there’s a guy even Gandalf goes to when he needs answers but OH SNAP he’s a traitor! But Gandalf escapes and is there to make sure the mission succeeds… until he’s killed by a f#$cking monster! Now our heroes are in real trouble.

See what I mean? Awesome.

That’s just a general feature of the story that doesn’t differ from the two versions. The Extended Edition really shines in its details and it’s improved editing. I could go through the countless examples, but instead, I’ll just say that if you like the theatrical cut, you need to get your hands on the Extended Edition.

Of course, The Fellowship of the Ring not a perfect film – it is close, though. I get a bit frustrated the second time Frodo fake dies. The first time was enough. Yeah, there’s stuff like that. I know Merry and Pippin are often used for comic relief, but they get to me. Everything they say after, “You’ll have to send us home tied up in a sack to stop us!” at the Council of Elrond is horrible.

Also, there’s this:

Frodo falls down. A lot. But that’s not specific to The Fellowship of the Ring – he falls down in all three films any time anyone looks at him cross. You just have to accept it and move on.

Despite some nitpicking, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is my favorite of the six Middle Earth movies and easily one of my favorite movies of all time. The Extended Edition is the only way to go – it’s like the ring itself; once it takes you, you’re never the same. If you’ve somehow missed out on the Rings, you may want to start out with the theatrical cuts as the Extended editions are super long, but either way, see this movie.

Unless you hate heroes decapitating monsters… then this movie might not be for you.

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