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

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05/31/2016 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

LOTR the ROTK knitpick list

The Lord of the Rings trilogy is unique. One may say, "I love the Return of the King and Fellowship, but the Two Towers is my personal favorite." My point is that with most film trilogies, you are gonna easily be able to isolate a favorite film out the three. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is an exception. Peter Jackson dove into this project with an intention to film the whole trilogy in one 15 month shoot, and his intentions exceeded his and everyone's expectations. Sure, a ton of deviation from JRR Tolkien's beloved books was implemented throughout the movies, but the way that it was reflected onto screen was beyond brilliant and greatly complemented the masterful work of Tolkien. Letís knitpick the final film of the three!

I adore the heck out of this movie, but there is o...

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memento_mori
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08/09/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Makes the other two look modest.

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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is considered the best of the trilogy, and for good reason.
It has all the good stuff of the last two movies blended together in this conclusion. It has the great characters again, the better developed journey, a better filled runtime and was one of the greatest endings to a trilogy ever. Plus, this time bigger is better.

But with a lot of greats also come some problems.
A lot of people have brought up the flaws, the main one being the trillion endings. And I agree.
The way the film concluded left me irritated. Whenever it looked like it was going to end, the black would fade into another scene again. And honestly, they could have left it at the first fade to black. The ring was destroyed, Frodo and Sam had found peace and it...

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4/4 

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06/17/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Best in trilogy

I have to say. I was kinda worried about this film. The first film was a 90% for me and I expected the second to be at least a 95-98%. This movie ended up being one of the most beautifully done cinematic works of art that I have experienced with my own eyes. Where can start. How bout with Viggo Mortenson. He was phenomenal and that is not an exaggeration in his final performance of the Trilogy. His

"Hold your ground, hold your ground! Sons of Gondor, of Rohan, my brothers! I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of woes and shattered shields, when the age of men comes crashing down! But it is not this day! This day we fi...

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4/4 

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08/21/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The Best of the Trilogy

The Lord of the Rings is a somewhat dull trilogy. The Fellowship of the Ring had enough exciting moments to warrant a recommendation, but The Two Towers was inexcusably boring. The final chapter in the trilogy, while still being tedious in parts, is by far the most entertaining.

The plot has not changed in this third installment. Frodo and Sam are trying to get to the land of Mordor to destroy the ring with the (supposed) help of Gollum.

The film's opening is the strongest opening of the entire series. We see Gollum as a hobbit (his name was Smeagol) fishing, when his friend finds a ring in the river. The two fight, and it ultimately ends in Smeagol strangling his "friend." We see years pass as Smeagol slowly transforms into the Gollum. The transformation is grotesque, and ...

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3/4 

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Yojimbo
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03/26/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"LOTR: The Return Of The King" by Yojimbo

Frodo reaches Mordor where Gollum reveals his true colours while Gandalf and the fellowship prepare to defend Gondor against the full might of Sauron's armies. All the same strengths and weaknesses of the previous films are still in evidence for the final part of the trilogy. The hobbits are still mildly annoying (although at least in this one they finally grow a pair), the elves seem to serve no purpose other than to slow the film to a snail's pace and the narrative logic is once again questionable (namely flights of giant eagles and ghostly armies with a debt to the king of Gondor that appear at the nick of time that were never before mentioned). The villain also garner's too little screen time and is dispensed with far too easily. On the other hand, battle sequences on a never seen bef...

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3/4 

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02/07/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The Greatest Movie Ever Made

"Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King" is quite simply the greatest movie ever made in the history of movies. In fact, the only close competition for that title comes from the first two "Lord Of The Rings" movies. Its one big story, but there is little doubt that "Return of the King" delivers a perfect epic climax to the best movie triology of all time. Peter Jackson has done a magnificent job of bringing J.R.R. Tolkien's brilliant novel to heart racing and vibrant life. The casting is perfect. The acting is terrific. Production values are all subperb and state of the art. In addttion, the battle sequences are some of the best ever put to film. Movies just don't get any better than this. It is tied for the most Oscar wins ever, including Best Picture. For once, the Academy ...

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4/4 

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Daniel Corleone
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09/09/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King review

A personal favorite among the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Clearly a cut apart from the first two in terms of effects, pace of story telling and action scenes. Impressive screenplay and drama from the protagonists. One of the best lines from the film: Frodo Baggins - "How do you pick up the threads of an old life? How do you go on, when in your heart you begin to understand... there is no going back? There are some things that time cannot mend. Some hurts that go too deep, that have taken hold." Aragorn - "My friends... you bow to no one." Arwen - "Some things are certain: if I leave him now, I will regret it forever." The movie had won many awards. The length of the film didn't matter since every beautiful frame, texture and dialogue. Themes of leadership, love, persistence and frie...

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09/04/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Epic film!!

How do you take a story of this magnitude, make it into a series of movies, and not dissapoint some people? You cannot, impossible. Be thankful that Peter Jackson took the initiative and the risk of making these movies in the first place. IF you had read the books, then you would realize that the entire story is to immense to possibly put onto film, especially the limit to which people are willing to sit in a movie theatre. Had Mr. Jackson done so, you would have 3-10 hour movies that quite possibly would bore fans out of the theatre, minus the hardcore. What Mr.Jackson has provided for us is thus, A beautifully made trilogy that is fluid in respects to its cinematic limitations. A rendition of a masterfully written story that many of us fans believed would never come to fruition. Persona...

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11/05/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Best of the trilogy..

The problem when writing reviews for the Lord of the Rings trilogy, is that they are so perfect in every way known, that there reviews will be so familiar. Each film gets better than the last, and Return of the King pulls out all the stops to bring you an unforgettable masterpiece of epic proportions. The story is well written, with the relationships between the characters really appearing. The special effects were wonderful again, along with the locations and creatures. It becomes near impossible to spot the point when the CGI doubles become the real actors. The music again, really set the tone for the film, and expanded on the adventure. The acting was superb again, especially Andy Serkis' performance as both the non-cgi and cgi versions of Smeagol/Gollum. There isn't much to say about ...

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08/26/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The best for last

HAVEN'T READ THE BOOKS? - see the theatrical versions first. They are better paced with action timed to keep your attention. They also have fewer details that make no sense if this is your first exposure. Those versions are still gorgeous and present a lovable and believable world. They are quite well-made and enjoyable films, regardless of subject matter. LOVE THE BOOKS? - enjoy this version of the Return of the King. This is the best film of the three (in both this and the theatrical version). It continues the visual feast. Book-fans will love the beauty and majesty of Minas Tirith. The Battle of Pelennor Fields is unbelievable and will be imitated for decades. It is so huge it actually reduces Helm's Deep back to the minor battle it is. I don't watch movies for action, but I love this ...

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