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The Return of the King

The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King


Title - The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King
My Admission - $8.00
One Line Review - Now That's A Finale


Review - The Return of the King brings Peter Jackson's vision of J.R.R. Tolkien's visionary work to a powerful conclusion.  Through 3hours and

20 minutes of non-stop storytelling Jackson has fulfilled his quest to bring this story to the screen in such a way that fans of the books and those who know nothing about them will be pleased.

The Return of the King begins with a short prologue (involving Smeagol's acquirement of the One Ring) and moves directly to where The Two Towers left off.  A great many things have come to pass at this point and by the end of The Two Towers it was quite easy to feel lost, or at least scattered. Return of the King pulls the storylines back together and by the time the first hour is up the film feels as complete and straightforward as The Fellowship of the Ring did. Very solid and concise.

I can't possibly sit here and tell you the things you will see for they 

Are so many.  But I can tell you that what you will see is far more than just "Impressive".  From a filmmaking standpoint The Return of the King is colossal and this final film delivers on a scale as large.

Long Live The King!

Note - The only disappointment I encountered was concerning the fate of a certain White Wizard and his forked-tongue sidling. Although something is said about them, there fates are not disclosed onscreen.  Peter Jackson has promised that their scenes will be reincorporated into the Extended 

Edition DVD.


Movie Information

Distributor: New Line Cinema
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense epic battle sequences and frightening images.
Starring:  Noel Appleby, Sean Astin, John Bach, Sean Bean, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, Sadwyn Brophy, Alistair Browning, Marton Csokas, Bernard Hill, Ian Holm, Bruce Hopkins, Ian Hughes, Ian McKellen, Sarah McLeod, Maisie McLeod-Riera, Dominic Monaghan, Viggo Mortensen, John Noble, Miranda Otto, Bruce Phillips, John Rhys-Davies, Thomas Robins, Andy Serkis, Harry Sinclair, Peter Tait, Liv Tyler, Karl Urban, Stephen Ure, Hugo Weaving, David Wenham, Elijah Wood, Christopher Lee
Director: Peter Jackson
Producers:  Peter Jackson, Barrie M. Osborne , Fran Walsh
Screenwriter: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson
Cinematographer:  Andrew Lesnie
Composer: Howard Shore
Executive Producer: Michael Lynne, Mark Ordesky, Robert Shaye, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein
Running Time: 3 hours 21min.
Genre: Action / Adventure / Fantasy

Turn Down The Lights, Turn Up The Sound.

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