Hobbit Frodo (Elijah Wood (Sin City, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind) must take a journey to the Cracks Of Doom to destroy a ring that has an evil past. He is joined on his quest by several friends and allies and they run into plenty of enemies along the way. This is the beginning of the epic Lord of The Rings trilogy and it starts off pretty well. The first thing you will likely notice about this movie is how visually stunning it is. Not only is the scenery outstanding, but the special effects and various creatures are also very well done. The story itself can be a somewhat confusing one with names that will take some time to get used to. The dialogue is interesting, even to somebody such as myself—a person who is not a big fan of fantasy films. The battle scenes go from good to simply outstanding. The picture does run a bit long, coming in at just under three hours, so there are moments here and there that I found myself drifting off, but there was always something that came soon after that pulled me right back in. The cast is a mix of the brilliant, especially Viggo Mortensen (Daylight, A History Of Violence) as Aragorn and Ian McKellen (X-Men series) as Gandalf, and awful, such as Wood and Sean Astin (Where The Day Takes You, The Goonies) as Sam. Unfortunately Wood is the main character, and his performance simply takes away a lot from this movie. Still, this is a really good movie. I was reluctant to watch it for so many years until somebody convinced me to see it—I’m glad she did and I look forward to the next two.
On A Scale Of One To Ten: 8