16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
A fantasy ride to another reality,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Two Disc Theatrical Edition) [DVD]  (DVD)
I love the book and researched Tolkien the man many years ago (though I dont consider myself a Tolkien expert or total LOTR fanatic). Like many others I waited and waited and waited for the movie to come out ever since it was announced that it was in the pipeline. And I have to say, even though I had many reservations about the leaked plot changes, some of the character choices and such, no movie has ever transported me into its reality more than this one. I came out of the cinema (4 times in total) nearly speechless each time. It blew me away. I understand some folks disappointment at changes in the movie and the way Jackson handled certain things, and as one reviewer put it, it IS Jacksons Lord of the Rings, it has to be. At the end of the day it is his interpretation and it is humanly impossible to translate exactly such a masterful epic from the medium of literature to the media of screen. But in my opinion Jackson has done a fantastic job. The characters themselves for the most part are excellent. Ian McKellen was not on the screen, it was Gandalf. I have never been so convinced of a character. Ian Holm was amazing, the first meeting of him and Gandalf evoked so much emotion. I could go on. Like any movie, different people will have different opinions, but for me, this movie is without a doubt the movie that showed me for 3 hours, theres a different reality. And two more to come, I just pray they are up to the fellowships standard.