The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring ★★★★★

96/100

Magical, astounding filmmaking. This could've turned out terribly, oh so terribly, but it didn't. It sure didn't. It's a near-perfect cinematic experience and adaptation, delicately told right from the opening exposition dump that haunts the very marrow of my bones. A world with so much beauty soon becomes tarnished by darkness. It only becomes clear around the 45 minute mark why Jackson was chosen for the project; his craft is sweeping and relentlessly classical. Only a splatter and adventure geek could evoke such crumbling destruction and still sell every mythical, at times overwrought, line of dialogue; he believes in it. The world was real to Tolkien, it was real to Jackson, and it's real to the audience.