The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Directed by Peter Jackson
Netflix says… From the idyllic shire of the Hobbits to the smoking chasms of Mordor, director Peter Jackson has created a world that surpasses the expectations of J.R.R. Tolkien purists as Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) embarks on his epic quest to destroy the ring of Sauron. The movie–which nabbed 13 Oscar nominations–is superbly cast with actors such as Ian McKellen (Gandalf) and Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn), and stays remarkably true to the book.
I probably would have placed this one a little higher on the list. But here it is, number 50. When I first saw this (and the sequels) I had never read Tolkien’s epic, but I always thought the movies were phenomenal. I remember seeing this in the theater and thinking how visually stunning it was. And it still is. It isn’t fair to have just the first part of this trilogy listed here, because, in seeing this movie, we only get part of the story. Most of the characters’ story arcs take all three movies to complete. The exception here is Boromir, played by Sean Bean. I hope I’m not spoiling this for you, but he doesn’t make it to The Two Towers. Boromir goes from being an arrogant guy who doesn’t think much of anyone around him to basically swearing his allegiance to Aragorn with his dying breath. Try not crying when he calls Aragorn his king. I mean… No, I wasn’t crying. I had something in my eye.