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Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
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The Two Towers Return of the King
Short plot summary

Once upon a time there was an evil ring. Everyone who owned it was corrupted by its evilness until the locals could take it no longer...

Lovable village elder, Bilbo Baggins, a Hobbit, gives the ring to Frodo. Frodo Baggins, also a Hobbit, offers to take the ring back to Mordor, where it was made. (The only way to destroy the ring is by burning it in the fires there.) Hobbits are not, supposedly, corrupted in the same way as humans...

Frodo, and 8 others, form the Fellowship of the Ring. They set off on a quest, which takes them through Middle Earth, fighting monsters, giant squids and escaping from tombs in almost darkness.

What our panel of critics thought

"This was filmed on location in New Zealand, however I never saw a single sheep! I want my money back."

"Gandalf, you scattered haired cat of a tall man. Shout once more and I am yours!"

"Hmm, so the Elvish word for 'friend' is 'Mellon'. There's a joke in there somewhere."

"I always thought the term Bilbo Baggins was the punch line of a very rude joke. Clearly I am mistaken."

"The original action adventure from which all others come. I could not watch this movie and not but think about Star Wars, Jason and the Argonauts, Harry Potter and Ironside."

"It's the bits where they over-pronounce words that, for me, is the delight that is this other worldly existence that is Lord of the Rings. My computer keyboard does not even have most of the punctuation above the letters of these otherworldly words. Bravisimo!"

"Mr Frodo, excuse me for asking, but did a steam roller rollover your toes?"

"Mr Bilbo Baggins, I do hope you got a refund on your public speaking course. You stunk!"

Please tell me the ending
Thrills and danger ensues with Frodo and his friend Sam making it on their own at the end, but you'll have to wait for the next in the series to see if they manage to destroy the ring.
Dr Bravisimo-Encore II Movie Review

"Oh! proximity of Go-oshia, East of the Mountain of Gash, come hither and Manx on your Jollikophas!"

If you enjoyed the above dialogue (which I have just made up using my fingers and copious amounts of alcohol in my mouth) then you will love this movie.

A plump goose of a production which seems competent (I have not read the book), although, to be honest, I fell to sleep the first time I watched it. The second time I watched it from the middle of the film determined to watch it all for this review (track 20 for you cheeky DVD types). However, slumber came again before track 28! I have not got the foggiest clue if they got rid of the damn ring in the end. All I saw was Sam and Frodo walking off into the distance, although the weather looked fine.

I feel sure, however, that, based purely on the weight of money behind this movie, you could watch it many times and it would grow on you like a creeping plant that affixes itself onto the outside of expensive houses.

Quotable quotes (real)

Gandalf: "I am a servant of the Secret Fire, wielder of the flame of Anor."

"The dark fire will not avail you, flame of Udun!"

"You shall not pass!"

Boom!

Other comments

An impressive first episode in one of the most expensive trilogies to date (and the first one to be commissioned all together).

Date of review

August 9, 2002

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