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

Genre: Fantasy/Action/Adventure/War

Starring: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, John Rhys-Davies, Bernard Hill, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Miranda Otto, David Wenham, Andy Serkis, John Noble
The third and final movie sees the ultimate journey of Frodo Baggins (Wood) and Sam Gamjee (Astin) to the depths of Mordor to the destroy the One Ring. With King Theoden (Hill) finally revived and once again the King of Rohan, the fellowship turn their attention to Gondor at whose throne Aragon (Mortensen) must ascend and command the army of men to the black gates of Mordor. It is the final battle for Men and humanity to save the world from the black evil of Sauron. As with the previous movie, this too focuses on the battle against evil and culmination of all races to fight for a common purpose. The movie leaves you with an uplifted and inspired feeling and is an improvement over the previous movies. This would be the best of three movies and has done good justice to the book. All the movies have been a fabulous attempt at recreating the book to the finest detail but the third movie has truly lived to the splendour of The Lord of the Rings. J.R.R. Tolkien would be proud if he were to watch these movies today. A movie that demands your time and patience but will reward you with pure entertainment.
Thumbs up: Fabulous performances and truly gripping
Thumbs down: None
Rating: 9.0/10
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  • I’m not sure why you didn’t give this movie a rating of a perfect 10 (especially since you said zero “thumbs down” moments). This movie truly kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time and the cast of characters were truly brilliant! I was impressed with the first two movies before this one, but I found this one to be really exceptional and gave a nice conclusion to the end of the trilogy, and not really leaving me with that many unanswered questions (which is perfect for a conclusion; you don’t want to leave your audience hanging!). All in all, I enjoyed your review of this movie. However I definitely would have given this movie a perfect 10! 😉

  • Hi Rebecca,

    I am of the opinion that not having anything negative about the movie does not mean that it should get a perfect 10. A 10/10 movie is something which is very difficult to come by and is only a myth.

  • Ever since I was a teenager I have wanted to see Lord of the Rings on film, and had always assumed it wasn’t really doable, at least not in a convincing way. So, I was totally stoked to see this trilogy come out. Loved it! The long battle sequences were great, and i still think the moment where the riders of Rohan first see the warriors from the east coming with the great elephants is the best part of the whole series. The look on the kins face as he sees them coming is simply perfect.


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