Cinema Experience – ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring’

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

‘The Lord of the Rings’!!!

Who am I to argue? ‘The Lord of the Rings’ is one of the best movie trilogies ever made in the history of cinema. It’s well-directed by Peter Jackson, with strong characters and amazing worlds in Middle-Earth, based on the books by J.R.R. Tolkien. Without a doubt, it’s the most successful of film trilogies.

I’ve recently revisited ‘The Lord of the Rings’ on Blu-ray, along with ‘The Hobbit’ film trilogy in its 6 film box set. It was an amazing experience for me. I’ve happy memories of the trilogy in the 2000s. So imagine my delight when ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’ was getting a re-release at my local cinema.

This was at the Showcase Cinema in Nantgarw where I usually watch movies at the cinema with my parents. I saw the film last Tuesday this week. Being a dedicated ‘LOTR’ fan, I had to go and see ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’ at the cinema and see what it was like on the big screen. It was very exciting!

I was so looking forward to seeing ‘Fellowship’ on the big screen. I didn’t see ‘Fellowship’ on the big screen when it came out back in 2001. This was because I wasn’t interested in ‘LOTR’ at the time. The first time I saw a ‘LOTR’ film at the cinema was ‘The Return of the King’ and that was so amazing.

I did see ‘The Hobbit’ film trilogy afterwards from 2012 to 2014, but it didn’t feel quite the same as when I watched ‘LOTR’ in the 2000s. I hoped ‘Fellowship’ would relive my nostalgic memories of this trilogy when I first saw it. So, what was ‘Fellowship’ like on the big screen? It was pretty awesome!!!

‘Fellowship’ is still a great beginning to the ‘LOTR’ trilogy and I’m so happy that I got to see what it was like on the big screen. It was so surreal and I was able to pick out details from the movie I’d never seen before. This includes colours I have never spotted before and certain characters in shots.

I had a big surprise when I saw this movie at the cinema recently. When I walked in, I expected to see the original theatrical version that was shown at the cinema in 2001. So imagine my surprise when I discovered that they were really showing the extended version of ‘Fellowship’ at the cinema.

WOW!!! I did not expect that! That was such a bold choice to make. It was a nice surprise for me. I don’t think that’s ever been done before where they showed the extended version of a movie at the cinema. I think this might be the first it’s ever been done with ‘Fellowship’. Correct me if I am wrong.

I actually prefer the extended version of ‘Fellowship’ as well as for the other two ‘LOTR’ films, since I consider them superior compared to the original theatrical versions. The extended versions have more scenes and character development added to the films to make them worthwhile and in-depth.

However there is an issue I need to address with regards to this approach. There was no intermission for us as an audience to take a comfort break whilst watching the film. I had to go out during the film to take a comfort break. I’d been sitting down in the screen for too long with it being a lengthy film.

It didn’t matter as I’d seen ‘Fellowship’ countless times before and knew what to expect with each scene to come. But still, if they showed the original theatrical version at the cinema, I would’ve stayed watching the movie without going for a comfort break. I’d have enjoyed the experience more.

I think it would’ve worked better to have an intermission during the film for us an audience to enjoy. Showing the extended version of ‘Fellowship’ is great, but there are people who’d want to stretch their legs for a bit since the movie is over three hours and they have been sitting down for too long.

Despite this setback, I’m very happy I saw ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’ at the cinema. It was an awesome experience and it was great to relive my fond memories of watching this trilogy in the early 2000s. I am glad they showed the extended version as it was surreal to see it on the big screen.

I hope that the Showcase Cinemas in Nantgarw will be showing ‘The Two Towers’ and ‘The Return of the King’ later in the year. It’d be a shame if they didn’t show the other two ‘LOTR’ at the cinema. I’m sure it’ll be the extended versions of those movies too. My theory at the moment is that ‘Two Towers’ will be shown in August and ‘ROTK’ will be shown in December. I hope I’m right on this one.

Please feel free to check out; read and comment on my in-depth movie review on ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring’ here. I’ve also updated and extended my review on the radio series version of ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring’ on my ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂


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