Better then a Diamond Ring

Better then a Diamond Ring

By David Simon

By David Simon

For all who haven’t yet seen the masterpiece The Lord of the Rings (PG-13), run out of your house right now, drive to the movie theater, and go see it. If you’re disappointed, you have my permission to never believe anything I say again.

The whole feel of this movie is amazing, from the cinematography, to the look and demeanor of the cast as well as the musical score. Hats off to Director Peter Jackson for bringing a classic story to an incredible life. You will see giant landscapes that stretch as far as the eye can see that make it feel as though you were right there looking out across the land. The special effects are so special, you have to wonder how did they make it look so smooth. This movie would be worth the price of a $7.50 ticket even if they turned the sound off.

Former child star Elijah Wood stars as Frodo Baggins, the hobbit who inherits The One Ring from his uncle Bilbo Baggins. Aiding him on his quest to bring The One Ring to Rivendell are Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey, Viggo Mortensen as Strider/Aragorn, and Sean Astin as Sam Gamgee. Be prepared to make new friends and fearsome enemies as every character becomes real before your eyes, a definite sign of talent.

The soundtrack with credits to Howard Shore as well as previously unreleased songs by Enya did a great job of setting the mood. Every element was perfectly set up and enhanced by the score. You’d have to be deaf to not have your fear enhanced when danger is near and have your heart rise higher when success is achieved.

Coming in at about three hours, this is the longest movie I’ve seen theatrically released in a long time. Which brings about my only complaint—that it needed an intermission. With that in mind, make sure you take your bathroom break beforehand because your not going to want to miss a single minute.

Having to wait a year to see The Two Towers feels like an incredibly long time, but somehow we will manage. In the meantime, we all can go see The Fellowship of the Ring a few more times.

David Simon is a play and screenplay writer with a love of good storytelling

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