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The final confrontation between the forces of good and evil fighting for control of the future of Middle-earth. Hobbits: Frodo and Sam reach Mordor in their quest to destroy the "one ring", while Aragorn leads the forces of good against Sauron's evil army at the stone city of Minas Tirith. Written by
After the premiere in Wellington, the city held a party that went on until dawn, funded by the City Council to the tune of four hundred thousand dollars, with street performers, outdoor screenings, an introduction from Prime Minister Helen Clark, and a giant mock-up of a Nazgul flying over the Embassy Theatre. See more »
In Minas Tirith, when Gandalf swings Pippin up behind him on Shadowfax and they ride up to try to save Faramir, Gandalf has his staff in his right hand. When they arrive at the Tomb of the Stewards, the staff is gone and Gandalf has take a spear from one of the soldiers at the door to use as a weapon in attacking Denethor. See more »
Smeagol, I've got one! I've got a fish, Smeag. Smeagol!
Pull it in. Go on. Go on. Go on. Pull it in.
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There's a text written in maori: Me mahara tonu taatou nga Uri- aapakura noo tuaanuku nei, noo te waaotuu te tu kekehua ana o ngaa Eldarin kua hohouu mai i te Uru-moana. Which is in english: Let us dedicate our memories to the spirits of the Eldar who came to us from the Ocean that lies to the West. See more »
The journey comes to an end. For me the final installment ensures that the
Lord of the Rings replaces Star Wars as my favourite fantasy movie
franchise. In time the film will look dated, but the story and
characterisation far surpass that of Star Wars. The Empire Strikes Back is
the only one of the Star Wars films that is in the same league as
As with Two Towers, the Return of the King doesn't recap the story so far,
so don't even think of seeing this film if you're unfamiliar with the
It starts with a flashback to Smeagol and means Andy Serkis gets to appear
on the finished print. Frodo, Sam and Smeagol then continue on their
whilst the remaining members of the fellowship are briefly reunited at
Isengard before taking different paths to Minas Tirith.
The action is unrelenting and most people will not notice the running time
is over 3 hours. As with the previous films the combination of sets,
and cgi brings middle earth to life.
I suspect quite a few of the performers will be in with a chance of Oscar
recognition. Miranda Otto is the stand out performer and is outstanding as
Eowyn and surely deserves the Best Supporting Actress honour. I'm sure
Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, and Orlando Bloom
will all have their supporters for acting honours and rightly so, as they
all put in fine performances. I'm not sure whether Andy Serkis is
but I suspect the success of Smeagol/Gollum owes as much to him as the
animators. Bernhard Hill should also be in with a shout for recognition
his performance as King Theoden. My guess is that it'll miss out on the
acting awards with the exception of Miranda Otto. It's absolutely certain
take Best Director, Best Picture and a string of technical awards though.
guess is that it will be nominated for about 12 categories and take 8
Return of the King isn't flawless however. Saruman was cut entirely from
theatrical release of the film. We therefore missed out on the final face
off between Gandalf and Saruman at Isengard. This was certainly filmed and
will no doubt be on the extended edition. When the Hobbits return to the
Shire it looks remarkably like when they left. No sign that Saruman has
arrived back before them and taken over. In the book Merry, Pippin, Sam
Frodo help rally the rest of the Hobbits to retake the Shire, but at some
cost to both the hobbits and the environment. Merry, Pippin and Sam become
heros to the rest of the hobbits who are largely unaware of Frodo's
adventure and exploits. I'm not sure if any of this was shot, but it would
be a welcome addition to the extended addition. Personally I would have
followed Tolkien and got rid of 7 minutes of Arwen footage and kept
in. Bearing in mind Christopher Lee's passion for the trilogy it is also
to see him removed from the final episode. I'm quite sure Peter Jackson
have had a few sleepless nights over that decision.
If Saruman's exclusion was the biggest blunder of the film, Gimli's
consignment to comic interlude was also a bit disappointing. I'm not
a bit of light hearted relief every so often, especially in such a long
film, but it seemed that every time Gimli appeared on screen it was for
light entertainment. The "That still only counts as one" line to Legolas
very funny though.
Despite these gripes Peter Jackson can certainly be very proud of the Lord
of the Rings. Very few people thought it possible to do justice to the
He has crafted a film that many people will enjoy for many years.
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