Almost ten years of work culminates in the final installment of Peter Jackson’s epic trilogy, presenting the final confrontation between the forces of good and evil fighting for control of Middle-earth. Based on the timeless J.R.R. Tolkien classic and winner of 11 Academy Awards.
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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the KingDirected byPeter Jackson
It's an improvement on "Two Towers" in the sense that the awkward comedy has been left behind. But when I watch this movie, I can't help but feel like the last 20-30 minutes are a perfunctory series of "Well, we've got to have this scene and this scene, etc." It gets from Point A to Point B and so on, but not in a manner I find particularly inspiring. Still, the trilogy was a monumental achievement.
Absolutely breathtakingly beautiful. Just a perfect movie for a perfect trilogy. Its the best of the three even though in my mind they are really one film and should be seen back to back. I couldn't ask for more in a film. Just incredible.
They're classics, but I still sometimes find the first two films tonally inconsistent, repetitive, overlong and overstuffed with exposition. This one has grown on me in its own right. The overabundance of endings aside, the action is swift and succinct; Gondor's socio-political turmoil is one of the series' best subplots. It gives McKellen a lot to do. He really shines here as a wise, vigilant, pragmatic hero.
The weakest of the trilogy. Return of the King lacks the mesmerising atmosphere of Fellowship of the Ring and the narrative fluidity of The Two Towers. The formula it uses is - Build up to battle - Battle - Build up to battle - Battle - Half a dozen endings. It blends its enchanting score with gorgeous cinematography but as a film, it's all over the place and it immensely lacks the focus of its predecessors.