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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Review

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by Phil Hinton May 1, 2004

    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Review
    The Lord of the Rings trilogy was always going to be a very difficult project to bring to the screen and when the unknown Peter Jackson was named as director, many immediately stated it was doomed to fail. I myself had never read the books and this kind of fantasy fiction was never my thing, after watching the Fellowship my opinion didn't change either, it was slow and uninspiring. Yes, Jackson had to introduce a whole host of characters and set the various storylines in motion, I just found it forgettable. What changed my opinion and gripped me was The Two Towers, finally the trilogy came alive and I had a new outlook on the Fellowship. So it came as quite a surprise, to me at least, that I was actually looking forward to The Return of the King, and I was not to be disappointed.

    Following the victory at Helms Deep both Gandalf and Aragorn struggle to convince the various worlds of middle earth to join them against the evil Sauron in a final battle for mankind. Frodo and Sam continue their journey to mount doom to destroy the powerful ring and Gollum is planning a few surprises along the way. The final battle is to take place at Minas Tirith, where the kings' throne awaits the rightful heir, Aragorn, and where mankind fights for its very existence. The armies protecting the free world from evil know they cannot win, but they can give valuable time to Frodo who must battle all odds to destroy the ring.

    The Return of the King had to raise the bar against what had gone before, and we all thought Jackson had shown his best hand during the battle of Helms Deep, but the final chapter in the epic tale blows everything out of the water. The various storylines reach their climatic endings with huge emotion and action, some characters we have grown to love might not make it to the end. The action and direction is again first class, with fantastic performances from the cast as well as Wetas stunning CGI work bringing the trilogies final part to a stunning, oscar sweeping climax. Do not miss this!.