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Peter Jackson's award-winning 2003 film adaptation of the second and third volumes of Tolkien's epic fantasy novel.

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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

  • Mar 16, 2011
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Wow. Just wow. I just finished seeing Return of the King and I can safely say that it is not only the best Lord of the Rings film, it is also the best fantasy film ever made and one of the best movies ever made. The Lord of the Rings is a wonderful trilogy and Return of the King provided a fitting end to the series. As a matter of fact, I don't think 100% is enough for this movie. Probably something in the 500's would be more appropriate. This has replaced X-Men as my favourite film series and in this review I will tell you exactly why.

This film brings Frodo and Sam still following Smeagol to Mordor and it brings Aragorn and the rest of the fellowship to the journey preparing for the epic final battle, accompanied by a visit to Minas Tirith. There's also the issue of Aragorn's kingliness (AKA the Return of the King) and Arwen's choice to lead a mortal life with him. All the issues are taken seriously and aren't treated like drive-by plot points. The story is also obviously following Frodo and Sam's journey to destroy the ring. Among all the other plot points, the true nature of Smeagol is revealed by way of a giant spider.

This is a perfect film. There is absolutely nothing wrong with it. The only bad thing about it is that it had to end. The last 40 minutes of the movie are some of the best battle scenes and one of the best film endings I have ever seen. It was so beautiful that it almost brought me to tears. By the time Sam's wedding came along, I let all of my restraint go and wept openly. I'm so glad that Sam ended up living a happy life and that Aragorn was made king. Sam was actually my favourite character in the film series and to see him get a proper sendoff made me so happy. The characters are fleshed out even further and incredibly well-written and the powerful friendship between Sam and Frodo is shown so well that I was completely floored. I also liked what they did with Merry and Pippin taking them even further out of their comic-relief esque roles into serious fighters for Middle Earth. They still somewhat maintain their goofy tone, but I can take them seriously.

The visuals are also wonderful accompanied by great cinematography and epic battle scenes. Some may say that there are too many battle scenes and they take away from the overall value of the movie, but I beg to differ. I think the action scenes and the battles are some of the best action scenes in film. This especially applies to the Battle of Middle Earth which took up essentially the last forty minutes before the end and it was simply stunning. The battle at Minas Tirith was pretty good as well, but I was mainly focused on how lovely Pippin's singing voice is.

The acting was also top-notch, especially from Elijah Wood and Sean Astin. Why Sean Astin did not get an Oscar for his performance as Sam in this movie completely mystified me because his performance was wonderful. The rest of the fellowship was great too, like Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn and Ian McKellen as Gandalf the White. All of the actors in this movie are wonderful in their own ways and the movie has one of the best ensemble casts I have ever seen.

The Lord of the Rings series could have just been three films about traveling to a volcano, but it ended up being so much more than that. It reinvented the genre of fantasy and it is for fantasy what Terminator was for sci-fi. All three films are classics in my book and this is my new favourite film series. Wonderfully scripted, wonderful visuals, wonderful acting, and just overall wonderfulness make for this movie that I feel is worthy of more than 100%.

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review by . March 13, 2010
   The only thing bad I can say about this movie is that I didn't want it to end! Just as good as the first two (I wonder why this was the only one to win Best Picture). If you are unfamiliar with the books then some of the suspense may overwhelm you, especially one of the climatic scenes between Sam, Frodo and Smeagle and the Ring.    Some of the band fall and you wonder when things get bleak if Aragon will indeed return as king. I don't want to give it a way but some ghosts …
Quick Tip by . April 20, 2010
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review by . September 09, 2009
The only thing bad I can say about this movie is that I didn't want it to end! Just as good as the first two (I wonder why this was the only one to win Best Picture). If you are unfamiliar with the books then some of the suspense may overwhelm you, especially one of the climatic scenes between Sam, Frodo and Smeagle and the Ring.    Some of the band fall and you wonder when things get bleak if Aragon will indeed return as king. I don't want to give it a way but some ghosts play a big part …
review by . February 02, 2009
While the first two LOTR films, "Fellowship of the Ring" and "The Two Towers" alike, sat easier on my mind and ended up being more enjoyable, Return of the King stands as a positive conclusion, a satisfactory wrapping up of Peter Jackson's vision of J.R.R. Tolkein's masterpiece. While purists are given more missing elements to complain about (as was the case with each of these films; to translate the entire weight of Tolkein's books would take at least 24 hours worth of film), all of the major elements …
review by . May 26, 2004
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The film, of course, is magnificent. Featuring the denouement of all that has come before, with great actors to play the parts, gorgeous visuals to enchant us, fantastic special effects, and a glorious score throughout the film, "Return of the King" represents over 3 hours of cinematic genius. It is a nearly-perfect conclusion to the story that was begun in "Fellowship of the Ring" and continued in "The Two Towers." This should not be a surprise to anyone.The DVD presentation of "Return of the King" …
review by . March 18, 2004
Why do I need to write about something that swept through the Oscars? Because it is that good, if not better! The movie is 3 1/2 hours long and my only complaint is that it had to end!There are some really tense moments in this film especially when Frodo, Sam, and Smeagle battle over the ring. Some of the band of characters fall in this film but I do not want to give it away. Will Aragon become King? Perhaps if he can get the help of some ghost knights.Some phenominal battle scenes including some …
review by . March 18, 2004
posted in Movie Hype
The only thing bad I can say about this movie is that I didn't want it to end! Just as good as the first two (I wonder why this was the only one to win Best Picture). If you are unfamiliar with the books then some of the suspense may overwhelm you, especially one of the climatic scenes between Sam, Frodo and Smeagle and the Ring.Some of the band fall and you wonder when things get bleak if Aragon will indeed return as king. I don't want to give it a way but some ghosts play a big part in how things …
review by . February 11, 2004
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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is a 2003 fantasy-adventure film directed by Sir Peter Jackson that is based on the second and third volumes of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. It is the concluding film in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, following The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) and The Two Towers (2002).

As Sauron launches the final stages of his conquest of Middle-earth, Gandalf the Wizard, and Théoden King of Rohan rally their forces to help defend Gondor's capital Minas Tirith from the looming threat. Aragorn finally claims the throne of Gondor and summons an army of ghosts to help him defeat Sauron. Ultimately, even with full strength of arms, they realize they cannot win; so it comes down to the Hobbits, Frodo and Sam, to bear the burden of the Ring and deal with the treachery of Gollum. After a long journey they finally arrive in the dangerous lands of Mordor, seeking to destroy the One Ring in the place it was created, the volcanic fires of Mount Doom.

Released on December 17, 2003, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King received rave reviews and became one of the greatest box-office successes of all time. Notably, it won all eleven Academy Awards for which it was nominated.
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Director: Peter Jackson
Genre: Adventure, Classics, Drama, Fantasy
Release Date: December 17, 2003
MPAA Rating: PG-13
DVD Release Date: May 25, 2004
Runtime: 201 minutes
Studio: New Line Cinema, Wingnut Films
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