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FILM DETAILS
Certificate PG
Cast
Elijah Wood
Ian McKellen
Miranda Otto
Phillippa Boyens
Sean Astin
Viggo Mortensen
Directors
Peter Jackson
Screenwriters
Fran Walsh
Peter Jackson
Running Time
178 minutes

Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring
Engaging first instalment of the adaption of Tolkien's epic fantasy trilogy.


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Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring

Plot
Passed to him by his uncle Bilbo, young Hobbit Frodo Baggins becomes the unlikely and unwilling bearer of The One Ring of power, an instrument of unparalleled evil. And so Frodo, along with his three Hobbit chums, the wizard Gandalf and a swordsman named Strider, set out on an epic quest.


Verdict
Putting formula blockbusters to shame, Fellowship is impeccably cast and constructed with both care and passion: this is a labour of love that never feels laboured. Emotional range and character depth ultimately take us beyond genre limitations, and it deserves to play as wide as a certain Mr. Potter.


Reviewed by Colin Kennedy

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