The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

Directed by: Peter Jackson

Starring: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen

Remember when everyone was really excited about these movies, but even by the time this one came out it had more or less died down? Maybe I should say after two hours of Return of the King, the fervor was over. Orveor. Forevroreveor.

Do I really have to synopsize this? Fine. Two hobbits go to a volcano to drop a ring in it and are betrayed by the little weirdo guy they hired to lead them there. Meanwhile, a mean man sets himself on fire when a dirty guy and his army of ghosts saves his town from bad guys and there are songs. Then the last three hours of the movie are people slowly walking into Frodo’s room and hugging each other.

It’s kind of telling when the climax of your epic series is by far the worst part of it, but that was also true with the books. Even with The Hobbit, which is a much better structured story (and just all-around better, in my opinion), the emotional climax still hits about fifty pages before the book decides to end its meandering and finish up. As far as this movie goes, yeah, it’s fine. The ending lasted way too long and by the third huge battle you don’t care anymore, but the Frodo/Sam stuff is good, and I actually quite liked the guy who played Denethor.

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