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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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Successful finish to one of the greatest film series ever made

  • Feb 2, 2009
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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 remain as they have throughout the series.

I first saw this film in the theaters with an ex of mine, and while that isn't really relevant, my emotional response to the film was such that I was slightly embarassed to shed a tear over the conclusion of the film. Of all the movies, actually, this was the one that made me finally pick up the books and dig in. I highly recommend this reverse-order that might seem unusual to some, if you haven't experienced either the films or books. It leaves more to the imagination as you read, having the visuals but suddenly finding familiar characters in unfamiliar situations as so much of these books simply weren't translated to film.

The LOTR series cemented Peter Jackson, in my mind, as one of the most creative and knowledgable directors of our age. The acting is superb, particularly Ian McCellan as Gandalf, perhaps the most monumental role of his storied acting career. Viggo Mortenson as Aragorn was the smartest casting move on the project, as that could have easily gone to a more well-established Hollywood star, diluting some of the purism the films seem to ooze. All in all, just as well-made as it's predecessors, but nowhere near as impacting due to it's extended length and, for me anyway, it's marking an ending while the previous films left you wanting more all the while being totally satisfied. If anyone hasn't sat down with these films yet, you may be missing out on our generation's "Star Wars".

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February 10, 2009
Well, I'm tentative to call it a good move, and I'm not sure of the story behind Jackson giving up the project but...perhaps he (Jackson) realized he couldn't bring a fresh enough perspective to the story, and felt fear in the idea that it could end up too similar to the LOTR films. As far as Del Toro is concerned, I'm not totally familiar with his body of work but enjoyed the Hellboy pictures quite a bit. That has more to do with my adoration for Ron Perlman, one of the most underappreciated acting talents around. I think that, with the returning actors reprising their roles, this film almost CAN'T disappoint, but only time will tell.
 
February 09, 2009
So what do you think about Jackson turning over THE HOBBIT to G. Del Toro?
 
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review by . March 16, 2011
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 …
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 …
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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 . 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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Pros: An outstanding adaptation of the books     Cons: Getting up to go to the bathroom during the movie     The Bottom Line: I said I'd review this when it came out, and I did!     Gigundus! Gargantuan! Place your favorite adjectives for “really, really big” here! I’m not talking about the movie! I’m talking about the elephants IN the movie! I have never in my animal-watching lifetime seen an elephant that big. Or with …
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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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