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The Next Reel • Season 12 • Series: Lord of the Rings • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

“Do not be too eager to deal out death in judgment. Even the very wise cannot see all ends.”

We Finally Talk About Peter Jackson’s Epic Fantasy Trilogy

Considering our immense love for this film and the original material, it’s a bit surprising that it’s taken us into our twelfth season to discuss The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Peter Jackson and his amazing team believed in this world and crafted a script, found a cast, built a crew, and gave it their all to deliver a series of films that perfectly told a cinematic version of J.R.R. Tolkien’s books while also creating a model for fantasy filmmaking as well as a model for massive scale film production. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we kick off our Lord of the Rings series with a conversation about Jackson’s 2001 film The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Here’s a hint at what we talk about.

It’s a challenge having a conversation about this trilogy as so much has already been said and documented about the production, etc. Still, it gives us a chance to discuss what Jackson brings to the table. How does his production style work in the film? We talk about the cast and many other options that are in the could-have-been version. We certainly prefer this one, but there are interesting actors to discuss. How do the extended and additional scenes work to expand the story for us? We love Howard Shore’s score so of course discuss it, but we are fans of what each department brings to the film as they’re all working on something they clearly were passionate about. There are some dated effects, but barely any and they don’t really bug us much. As for the creatures, they all stand out as impressive but we do have some questions about Jackson going all King Kong on us with the Cave Troll. And lest we forget the Sean Bean memes…

We have a great time talking about it, so check it out then tune in. The Next Reel – when the movie ends, our conversation begins!

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