The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Year: 2003
Directed By: Peter Jackson
Written By: J.R.R. Tolkien (novel) Fran Walsh, Phillipa Boyens, and Peter Jackson (screenplay)

RYAN’S REVIEW

Now to the final end all be all of the series.  The three year journey finally came to an end with this film and what an end it came to.  I will never forget the feeling I had leaving the theater after seeing this film.  By the time this one came out I had invested so much in the series and honestly felt like a different person after seeing the conclusion.  The film ends with some highly emotional scenes that really got to me. I felt I had learned something from these movies and my outlook on life was different.  Everyone succeeded and was acknowledged for their accomplishments.  It painted a pretty picture of how things should go in life and in my youth I bought into that idea.  Things aren’t always that simple, as I would grow to learn, but I will never forget how happy I was with the ending of this series and how much it meant to me at the time.

Something about seeing Legolas and Gimli acknowledge each other as friends right before the final battle as they looked certain death in the face really got to me.  These two men had always been at odds over ancient rivalries and in competition with one another all throughout the series.  When Gimli mentions that he never expected to die next to an elf and Legolas responds that he is going to die next to a friend it somehow gave me hope for the world.  Seeing these men finally overcome their differences and accept each other as friends made me think there was hope people in the real world could do the same.  I was young and foolish because I now know people will never be able to do such a thing.  This movie was simply a fantasy I got too invested in and misguidedly thought it could apply to real life.  I still hope for the possibility that people in all walks of life will learn to accept one another and live together peacefully but no longer believe it will happen. People are just so mean, judgmental, and selfish in general. I try to be a good person and treat all people I come across equally but still can’t help to recognize the shortcomings of others in that aspect.  Too many people will just never get it and it’s an unfortunate truth I have had to learn to accept and live with.  Would that everyone in life lived up to the same principles we see in the characters of these films but they won’t and it is simply foolish to think they ever will.

Another scene in the end that really got to me was when the hobbits prepare to bow to Aragorn and he stops them saying they will bow to no one.  When he bows to them and the entire kingdom follows him in doing so it was really inspiring.  These four little men had showed more bravery and heroism in the face of danger than anyone throughout these films.  Frodo shouldered the evilness along the way, Sam saved everyone by doing what Frodo couldn’t, and Merri and Pippen were the first to charge after Aragorn in the deciding battle.  These guys didn’t have size or skill on their side but they had courage to do whatever they needed to do.  When they get the recognition they deserve from the king it’s a really powerful moment and I thought it was awesome.  It was probably one of my favorite parts of the whole series.

The scene I probably hated most of all throughout the series was the scene in which Frodo wakes up after all is said and done.  He lays there on the bed as each of the main characters comes in and congratulates him with Sam being the final one who comes through the door.  This is bullshit, complete and utter bullshit.  They should have all turned around and praised Sam instead of Frodo and it bugs me to no end every time I see them all running to Frodo.  Frodo was a chump.  Yeah he carried that ring all the way to Mordor but he would have never made it if Sam wasn’t there pushing him along the way.  Frodo listened to Gollum and sent Sam away.  Frodo decided not to destroy the ring AFTER Sam had literally picked his ass up and carried him up Mount Doom.  Sam deserved all the credit Frodo got. If it hadn’t been for Sam all our favorite characters would have died outside of the black gates when Frodo decided to keep the ring. While all of the characters in these films are heroic I think this last movie leaves Samwise Gamgee on the highest note.  Sean Astin was great in the part and I wish it had led to more work for him.  He did rise quite a bit in popularity after this film, as all the cast members did briefly, but I haven’t seen him in quite a while.  He is still working but he hasn’t been in anything significant.  He was the voice of Special Agent OSO on Disney Junior but I’ll admit that I might have liked that show a bit more than my toddler daughter ever did. That’s silly I know but when Dora, Mickey, and Handy Manny were on the table Special Agent OSO was looking pretty good.

This movie tends to get a bit long as it wraps everything up but there are plenty of thrills to keep you in your seat.  I personally like the climactic battle in the second film a bit more but the showdown between Mordor and Gondor in this movie is impressive.  The sheer size of the battle makes it exciting.  Once you add in the flying Nazgul, Elephant cavalry, and that nasty Orc General you have something that is hard to look away from no matter how many times you have seen it.  One of my favorite moments of the movie is the charge of the Riders of Rhohan.  When they finally reach the battle they can all see that they are not only outnumbered, but out of hope as the enemy has such an intimidating force.  The battle looks to be impossible to stop and you can see the fear they all have.  Then the king starts talking, he isn’t afraid, he is empowered, and with his words he empowered his people with courage.  They look their death in the face and charge right into it.  I have said before that there is nothing more inspiring than seeing people run right into death because they believe in something so greatly.  It’s an incredible show of bravery and it brings me to tears every time I see it. It’s the finest moment in the films for King Théoden and Bernard Hill gave a great performance.

There is plenty to be said about this film and I haven’t even scratched the surface of what needs to be said.  In the interest of putting this monster trilogy behind us I am going to go ahead and call it quits.  If you have your own thoughts on the movie you would like to share please leave us a comment.  Otherwise, this is my favorite trilogy of all time and possibly one of the best ever made.  As much time as it takes to get through it is without doubt worth every minute because this is exactly what movie magic is all about.

AMBER’S REVIEW

The final movie was great. The first one was still my favorite, but this one is filled with all kinds of battle scenes and wicked camera effects. I liked the way they portrayed the story, and you finally get to see what a little turd Frodo is and what an actual hero is; Sam. Let’s see about this poster.

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This one is just so much better than the first one. There is a focal point and the colorization shows emotion. It is dark and piercing, just like the end of the world would be. I really think they came a long way from the first poster. I really like this one. I also love that they continued to use the typography throughout. It became a logo for the franchise so that you always knew that this movie was party of the trilogy. I will give this one my approval.

NEXT MOVIE: Lord of War (2005)

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