Lord of Rings - the movie

Author: J.R. R. Tolkein

Director - Peter Jackson
Distributor: New Line Home Entertainment 2004
ISBN- 978-07880647404
Rating PG-13

Classification:Young Adult Fiction
Genre: Fantasy
Media Type: Movie

Grade level: 6-adult

Reader's annotation: The epic story of Frodo Baggins and his quest to destroy the ring is brought to life in all its colorful grand imagery on the screen.

Summary: The three books in the series - The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King make up a larger than life epic tale that is well known to most people at this point. A classic in the fantasy genre, Middle Earth has elves, dwarfs, orcs, both good and evil rulers, sorcery and magic. Large battle scenes are interspersed with traveling through magical lands. Basically the powerful ring needs to be destroyed and Frodo leads a band of assorted people across Middle Earth to throw it in to the Cracks of Doom. There are many adventures and side trips along the way with many characters some who remain strong and others who fall to the evil forces. Though when the books were written they were considered for adults, this seems to be a classic high school reading selection.

Evaluation: When surveying teens and their favorite movies Lord of the Rings won hands down. The combination of a great epic story that closely follows the book, which most of them have read, coupled with a great cast and beautiful cinematography in the fabulous setting of New Zealand makes this series a winner all around.

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