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filmcapsule's rating of the film The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Jackson imbues the film with a liveliness and verve by plays with film textures and Raimi-esque flourishes like whip pans and crash zooms. He has much more fun with a scene like growing the orcs than with bringing the fellowship together. Somehow even the CGI hasn't aged that poorly, but the real visual "effects" are simply in the attention to detail payed in the locations, production design, costumes, etc.