Wednesday 27th October 2021

The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King (12A)
Directed by: Peter Jackson
Reviewed by: Paul Fonz
Gollum and the preciousss hobbitses
Gollum and the preciousss hobbitses

The Return of the King, for those of you who have missed out on the Tolkien franchise, follows the paths of Frodo, as he tries to destroy the one ring, and of Aragorn, as he tries to unite mankind against the Dark Lord Sauron in the final battle for Middle Earth.

In fact, quite a lot of this film is made up of battle scenes, and they are some of the most impressive you will see on film. The action is both original and truly gripping, and the computer graphics effects are smoothly integrated into the action, making it feel more natural and less like watching a scene from a computer game. I think Peter Jackson could teach George Lucas a thing or two about shooting a battle sequence and I'm sure The Phantom Menace would have been better if he had!

One of the things that really struck me about The Return of the King is the detail and beauty of the background sets, and nothing can prepare you for the awesome spectacle of the cities like Minas Tirith. At times, the backgrounds are so pretty, it is hard to tear your eyes away and focus on the characters. I could go on, singing the praises of this wonderful and engaging movie, but I don't want to spoil the events of the film for anyone. All I can say is you must see this film.

I think it's fair to say that my expectations of this film were high, in fact, they couldn't have been much higher, and while it didn't blow me away quite as much as I thought it would, there is no doubt that this is a superb movie. The film is full of tension from the very outset, and it builds so effectively that the three hours plus seems to fly by. It is certainly an ending that lives up to the first two parts, and I think it is the best film of a trilogy that took Peter Jackson seven years of his life to make.

If you've already seen the first two Lord of the Rings films, then I'm sure you'll be as eager as I was to see the final part on the big screen. However, if you haven't, I can't urge you strongly enough to rent the first two parts and then see The Return of the King at the cinema, because I promise you that you are in for a real treat.

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Length: 201 minutes
Certificate: 12A
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Release Date: 17th December 2003

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