“The Fellowship of the Ring” is an engaging and excellently-directed film by Peter Jackson. He brings the spirit of Tolkien’s book to life. This film and in fact the entire trilogy is a triumphant concoction of excellent direction, writing, acting, and music. The sets and locations are fantastic and a pleasure to view.
It is in the violence content that the movie crosses our Dove acceptable line of a two rating. We have to rate the violence at a level four. This is the only area that crosses over the acceptable level and we regret not being able to award this film our Dove Family-Approved Seal, as it is a near-miss. Although the violence is fantasy violence, there are still stabbings and battles and the cutting off of an orc’s head! Hopefully an edited TV version will allow viewers ages twelve and above to watch this fine story.