The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King


(out of 5)

The exciting, brilliant trilogy finally reaches its breathtaking conclusion of Frodo’s quest to save Middle Earth . While Aragorn () and Legolas () continue to lead the humans of Middle Earth against the armies of Sauron, Frodo () and Sam () continue on their perilous journey towards Mordor to destroy the One ring of power and save the world from destruction and doom. Every single strand of story that was ever brought up in either of the first two installments of the story is dealt with and resolved here, making for one of the most satisfying and exciting films ever made in this genre, if not in any genre. Every compliment bestowed on either of the previous films naturally continues to apply here, and in some cases Peter Jackson and his team of superb filmmakers have somehow managed to outdo themselves yet again. The visual effects have even more eye-popping spectacle to offer, and the screenplay passes between the thrilling battles to the intimate dramatic character situations without ever skipping even a Hobbit-sized beat. What’s so magnificent about these movies is that no matter how modern and hip the technology is, Jackson never loses sight for a second that he is telling a story based on fable and myth, giving the film a classic quality that can appeal to all audiences. Performances continue to stand out, mostly in the touching and vulnerable turns by Astin and Wood, while still has a devilishly good time as the wonderful wizard Gandalf. The action sequences reach their zenith with a breathtaking stampede of giant elephants (mastodons?) and what is probably the scariest spider in all of movie history. To top it off, the magnificent makes another cameo as Galadriel and adds the perfect finishing touch to a complex, rich and never for a moment dull experience. The film’s three hour-plus running time will fly by without your noticing it for a single moment.

New Line Cinema, WingNut Films, The Saul Zaentz Company

USA/New Zealand/Germany2003

Directed by

Screenplay by , , Peter Jackson, based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by Peter Jackson, , Fran Walsh

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by ,

Film Editing by

Academy Awards
Best Art Direction (art direction: Grant Major; set decoration: Dan Hennah, Alan Lee)
Best Costume Design (Ngila Dickson, Richard Taylor)
Best Directing (Peter Jackson)
Best Film Editing (Jamie Selkirk)
Best Makeup (Richard Taylor, Peter King)
Best Music (Original Score) (Howard Shore)
Best Music (Original Song) (“Into The West”, music and lyric by Fran Walsh and Howard Shore and Annie Lennox)
Best Picture (Barrie M. Osborne, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, producers)
Best Sound Mixing (Christopher Boyes, Michael Semanick, Michael Hedges, Hammond Peek)
Best Visual Effects (Jim Rygiel, Joe Letteri, Randall William Cook, Alex Funke)
Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) (Screenplay by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson)

Golden Globe Awards
Best Motion Picture-Drama
Best Director (Peter Jackson)
Best Original Score-Motion Picture (Howard Shore)
Best Original Song-Motion Picture (“Into The West”, music and lyrics by Annie Lennox, Howard Shore, Frances Walsh)

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