The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
2001
*****
Director: Peter Jackson
Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Liv Tyler

J.R.R. Tolkien’s immensely popular fantasy novel tells the story of a brave little Hobbit boy Frodo Baggins who agrees to travel through Middle-earth to destroy a powerful ring. Peter Jackson’s adaptation of the first part is better than anyone had right to hope. The film has more humour and action than the book, and visual imagination galore. The wonderful story arc from the innocence of Shire to the darkness of the task ahead makes this my favourite part in the trilogy. A winner of four Academy Awards, which include the best original score and cinematography. The trilogy continues in The Two Towers