The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

by missizziemcguinness

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‘The last pages are for you, Sam’ 

Peter Jackson directs and concludes the final chapter of J.R.R Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy (now onto the Hobbit films next!).

Return of the King is about the conquest to Middle Earth and it is down to Frodo ( Elijah Wood)  and Sam (Sean Astin) to quest to destroy the Ring in the volcanic pit where it was created, and the base to the two previous movies.

Although I am not a die hard fan of the trilogy, with all the merchandise, books and extended version box-set, but I like the cinematography, the soundtrack, and the contrast between most of the film being dark, intense, with lots of battles and dim in colour to the bright ending. It also ends so that it can move swiftly onto the first part of the next trilogy- The Hobbit, and rounds it all together with not too many cliff-hangers. I also find that the Lord Of the Rings, despite being lengthy, does not fail to disappoint but seems to be a very hit and miss movie (and books)- you either love it or hate it, but it is one that requires you to think,even if it means having to sit through a minimum of two and a half hours for every movie.

Exceptional cast, to include Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving and many others.

4.5/5

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