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Newsweek Bestows High Praise on Lord of the Rings

(by Newsweek magazine bestows high praise for the first movie installment of Lord of the Rings (titled Fellowship of the Ring) in its December 10 issue. The movie was reviewed by Newsweek critic David Ansen, who has never read the books.

"THE MOVIE WORKS," emphasizes Ansen. "It has real passion, real emotion, real terror, and a tactile sense of evil that is missing in that other current movie dealing with wizards, wonders and wickedness. Jackson’s fierce, headlong movie takes high-flying risks: it wears its earnestness, and its heart, on its muddy, blood-streaked sleeve. The actors look deep into each other’s eyes and swear oaths in quasi-Shakespearean language that could, were it not for the utter conviction with which it is played, topple over into the ludicrous...Unlike so many overcooked action movies these days, Fellowship doesn’t entertain you into a stupor. It leaves you with your wits intact, hungry for more."

Fellowship of the Ring is the first of the trilogy and is rated PG-13 for "epic battle sequences and some scary images." It is being released nationally on December 19, 2001. All three films are being released by New Line Cinema and directed by New Zealander Peter Jackson. Jackson also owns the WETA FX house that did the special effects for the trilogy.

The running time for Fellowship of the Ring is three hours.

Click here to read the full Newsweek review.

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