|By Mira Harber
of you who’ve been on a desert island for the last few months, Lord of
the Rings is a new movie based on the first book of a trilogy by British
authour J.R.Tolkien. It is based on a very old myth, dealing with a magical
ring of power. Whoever possesses the ring, and is strong enough to use
it, will rule the world - and not just this one. The battle is between
good and evil. The immeasurable evil housed in the ring will give
control of all the peoples and kingdoms who live on Earth - dwarves, elves,
Hobbits - the list of cute and cuddly creatures, and also the not so cute
- in fact quite frightening creatures, demons etc, is long. The bearer
of the ring must be strong enough to wear it and use it, otherwise he will
lose himself and his soul.
is not just a child’s movie - in fact I would say that unless your children
are well into their teens, they are too young to see Lord of the Rings.
The images are too frightening and realistic for younger children to be
exposed to. In fact, Lord of the Rings is so fabulous in it’s imagery that
it has been nominated for 13 Oscars!!
is a huge cast of characters in the LOR. Ian McKellan has been nominated
for best supporting actor for his role as the sage wizard Gandalf. He is
perfectly cast in the part and plays his part with relish, eyes twinkling,
or blazing, as the situation demands.
Baggins (Elijah Woods) is the hobbit at the center of the storm who must
destroy the ring of power. On his journey he is accompanied and supported
by a motley band of characters ranging from dwarf kings to Elvish princesses.
Always though, he is being pursued by the frightful, faceless tormentors
on horseback...and whenever he puts on the ring of power to escape, it
gives you a good idea of what a bad ‘trip’ is like. His pursurers are truly
of the Ring is the first part in a trilogy, and some viewers may be disappointed
that there isn’t more fanfare at the end of the film (3+hours). There’s
plenty of over-the-top ‘haven’t I seen this before’? special effects throughout
the movie - in fact, I could’ve skipped some of those parts, and concentrated
more on the more pastoral/lyrical scenes. Many would disagree with me and
just goes to show - there’s something for everyone is LOR.
read the books, you wil have to see the movie. If not, you should still
see LOR - I think it is probably the best fantasy/sci-fi movie to come
out in years. At your local theaters everywhere.