STARRING: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Liv Tyler, Sala Barker, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Sean Bean, Ian Holm, Andy Serkis, Marton Csokas, Lawrence Makoare, Craig Parker, Mark Ferguson, Peter McKenzie and Harry Sinclair
EARNED (Worldwide): $871.5m
AWARDS: 4 Oscars (Best Cinematography, Best Makeup, Best Original Score and Best Visual Effects) and 4 BAFTAs (Best Film, Best Director, Best Makeup/Hair and Best Special Effects)
A meek hobbit of the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring and the dark lord Sauron.
The Lord of the Rings tells the story of the One Ring, thought to have been lost for centuries only to be recovered by a Hobbit named Bilbo Baggins and in turn falls into the hands of his nephew Frodo. When Gandalf the Grey releases that the ring is in fact the One Ring of the Dark Lord Sauron, Frodo must journey on an epic quest to Mount Doom to destroy the Ring and Sauron with it, where he is joined by Gandalf, Legolas, Gimli, Aragorn, Boromir and his friends Merry, Pippin and Samwise.
The first instalment in The Lord of the Rings franchise and personally for me still my favourite, mainly because we had the characters together as a collective, focused on one particular journey rather than the several separate arcs/locations that are told in the sequels. Peter Jackson does a terrific job bringing Middle Earth to life, with the cinematography as stunning now as it was back in 2001 with special effects that still hold up to this day. The story is epic in scale as the Fellowship begin a dangerous journey where they must venture to the Mines of Moria with disastrous consequences and also have Orcs and Uruk-hai to battle. The cast leave terrific impressions in the roles that they soon grow into and become well known for, particularly Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey, Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn and especially Elijah Wood as Frodo. A great start into bringing the world of J.R.R Tolkien.
FAVOURITE SCENE: Boromir’s last stand.
FAVOURITE QUOTE: ‘Do not be too eager to deal out death in judgment. Even the very wise cannot see all ends.’ – Gandalf
DID YOU KNOW?: The cast often had to fly to remote shoot locations by helicopter. Sean Bean (Boromir) was afraid of flying and would only do it when absolutely necessary. When they were shooting the scenes of the Fellowship crossing the snowy mountains, he’d spend two hours every morning climbing from the base of the mountain to the set near the top, already dressed as Boromir. The crew being flown up could see him from their helicopters.