The Lord of the Rings
Rating: Year:2001-2003
Cast:Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen Length:12h 6m
Director:Peter Jackson Country:New Zealand, United States
Writers:J. R. R. Tolkien, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens Genre:Drama, Fantasy
Synopsis: In the world of Middle Earth, the hobbit Frodo Baggins and a Fellowship embark on a quest to destroy the One Ring, and thus ensure the destruction of its maker, the Dark Lord Sauron. The Fellowship eventually splits up and Frodo continues the quest together with his loyal companion Sam and the treacherous Gollum. Meanwhile, Aragorn, heir in exile to the throne of Gondor, Legolas, Gimli, Merry, and Pippin, and the wizard Gandalf unite to rally the Free Peoples of Middle Earth in the War of the Ring.
Rating:
Cast:Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen
Director:Peter Jackson
Writers:J. R. R. Tolkien, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens
Year:2001-2003
Length:12h 6m
Country:New Zealand, United States
Genre:Drama, Fantasy
Synopsis: In the world of Middle Earth, the hobbit Frodo Baggins and a Fellowship embark on a quest to destroy the One Ring, and thus ensure the destruction of its maker, the Dark Lord Sauron. The Fellowship eventually splits up and Frodo continues the quest together with his loyal companion Sam and the treacherous Gollum. Meanwhile, Aragorn, heir in exile to the throne of Gondor, Legolas, Gimli, Merry, and Pippin, and the wizard Gandalf unite to rally the Free Peoples of Middle Earth in the War of the Ring.

The massive adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's work The Lord of the Rings. If you cannot buy into the premise of the story – magic rings, elves and dwarves and hobbits – then this movie will not interest you and certainly would not rate a 6. However, this is such a masterful creation and such a wonderfully acted and filmed story, we felt it deserved the hightest rating.

In the mythical world of Middle Earth, fanciful creatures do battle in grand fight between good and evil, in a very loose retelling of England versus Germany in World War II. Elves, Dwarves, Men and Tolkien's creation — Hobbits — fight on the side of good against Goblins and Orcs and the most evil of them all, Sauron.

This was released as three separate movies, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King, however, it is one story and all three must be viewed as none of them stand alone. Thirteen hours (the extended version, which we highly recommend) this is a massive tale encompassing many story lines and filled with dozens of memorable characters. We can think of no single example of poor acting anywhere in this film, and some of it is simply brilliant.

Another point in its favor is that this is an incredibly accurate adaptation. There is simply no way to take three large books and include every single element into a movie, but here director Peter Jackson has made a prodigious effort and an extremely successful one. Only one who intimately knew Tolkien's works and had for them a deep love could have so faithfully adapted the story.

Finally, the incredible detail of architecture, costuming, weapons is absolutely amazing. We rarely recommend watching special features but to see the awe inspiring work of these departments makes this journey worthwhile. Look at Bilbo's house, or Striders costume, or the interior of the barn in Edoras and on and on and on. Exquisite attention to detail and beautiful work.

Set aside an entire day with no interruptions, and watch this master work from beginning to end. As we began, if you can accept the premise of the story, this is a wonderful tale, masterfully told.