The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001 ★★★★★

While the story, scope of vision and fine performances are just as impressive as ever before the “cutting edge” special effects are starting to show their age a little bit, a decade on. Hardly the fault of the film itself, it was in many ways ahead of its time and has paved the way for the epic battle sequences and interactive CGI creatures that are so commonplace in blockbusters today - not to mention the performance capture work that is only glimpsed in this first chapter - but it only goes to highlight how quickly the cinematic landscape has changed in the last decade. Still, a beautifully paced and gloriously shot piece of fantasy storytelling that will hopefully endure despite its technological trailblazing that now seems a little rough around the edges.

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