The Fellowship divides to conquer as Frodo and Sam, with the help and hindrance of Gollum, continue their way to Mount Doom. Gandalf and Pippin ride to Minas Tirith to help defend Gondor while Merry remains with Eowyn and the other Rohan fighters. Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli seek aid from those that live in the Cursed Mountains. All these battles have one goal in mind: distract the Eye of Sauron and buy Frodo a little more time to destroy the ring.The War of the Ring reaches its climax as the dark lord Sauron sets his sights on Minas Tirith, the capital of Gondor. The members of the fellowship in Rohan are warned of the impending attack when Pippin cannot resist looking into Saruman’s Palantir and is briefly contacted by the dark lord. King Theoden is too proud to send his men to help without being asked, so Gandalf and Pippin ride to Minas Tirith to see that this request is sent. They meet opposition there from Denethor, steward of the city and father of Faramir and the late Boromir. Denethor’s family has acted as temporary guardians of Gondor for centuries until a member of the true line of kings returns. This member is none other than Aragorn, who must overcome his own self-doubt before he can take on the role he was destined to fulfill. Meanwhile, Frodo and Sam continue to carry the One Ring towards Mordor, guided by Gollum. What they don’t know is that Gollum is leading them into a trap so that he can reclaim the Ring for himself. Though Sam suspects his deceit, Frodo is starting to be corrupted by the Ring’s power and the mistrust of Sam this causes is fully exploited by Gollum. The only way good can prevail in this contest is if the Ring is destroyed, an event that is becoming harder every minute for Frodo to achieve. The fate of every living creature in Middle Earth will be decided once and for all as the Quest of the Ringbearer reaches its climax.(1)
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Hello, Movie Buffs! If I thought “Two Towers” was the best movie of the trilogy, then I was wrong. Peter Jackson has done it, he has officially created an all-encompassing epic saga. And after coming away from the final chapter I can not only rate this movie as a film on its own but as part of a whole, and it is a perfect masterpiece.
Rather than this film starting off where Two Towers left, in contrast, the film starts a great distance from the walls of Helm's Deep. It opens with a flashback of Smeagol (Andy Serkis) and the origin of his deterioration into the creature Gollum. This opening recaptures an importance that was somewhat lost in the epic battles of Two Towers, the ring. The Fellowship of the Ring provided heaps of exposition on the ring's importance and influence and in Return of the King we see it pay off big time. All three epics were filmed simultaneously; each individually has the feel of being part of a larger picture and The Return of the King is the most epic of a set of epic films. Now that Peter Jackson has brilliantly constructed the characters and plotlines throughout the first two films, he can finally put them to good use. All of the characters have their own heartfelt moments within the film. The pair of mischievous hobbits, Merry (Dominic Monaghan) and Pippin (Billy Boyd), are no longer carry the same innocent and childlike nature from the first two films, but rather they take their characters into completely new directions of maturity and discover a bravery they didn’t know they had. Aragorn (Vigo Mortenson) encompasses an unmatched sense of honor only ever seen on one that is about to meet his destiny as the future king of men. While Andy Serkis continues his expert portrayal of not only the voice of Gollum but also acted out the scenes of the computer-generated character with his fellow actors. However, the real acting triumph of the film is Frodo Baggins (Elijah Woods). The character continues his descent into corruption with an incredible talent that many actors cannot pull off. Wood's performance is so critical to the film because it demonstrates that the Ring's power to corrupt is absolute.
Overall, the fans of the films will not be disappointed. Although hardcore Tolkien lovers might be upset by plot changes and interpretations made. Nonetheless, it is unrealistic to expect a completely true adaptation of the novels, being that film is an entirely different medium. Despite the alterations, Jackson consistently stays true to the major themes and ideas from the original text, while adding some of the finest filmmaking ever put to screen. The Return of the King is a worthy combination of the Fellowship and Two Towers with enough action and character development worthy of ending a film event of this magnitude. And not only is it the best of the trilogy but it is also a crowning achievement in filmmaking as one of the most cinematically and finely tuned films ever made.
“Then let us be rid of it... once and for all! Come on, Mr. Frodo. I can’t carry it for you... but I can carry you!”
– Sam (to Frodo)
Final VoteWorth Seeing: 5 of 5 stars
Worth Buying: 5 of 5stars
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Cast & CrewDirected by: Peter Jackson Writing Credits: (Novel) J.R.R. Tolkien. (Screenplay) Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Peter Jackson.Produced by Peter Jackson --- producerBarrie M. Osborne --- producerFran Walsh --- producerRick Porras --- co-producer: WingNut FilmsJamie Selkirk --- co-producer: WingNut FilmsMichael Lynne --- executive producer: New Line CinemaMark Ordesky --- executive producer: New Line CinemaRobert Shaye --- executive producer: New Line CinemaBob Weinstein --- executive producerHarvey Weinstein --- executive producer
Cast:Alan Howard --- Voice of the Ring (voice)Sean Astin --- SamSala Baker --- SauronCate Blanchett --- GaladrielOrlando Bloom --- LegolasBilly Boyd --- PippinIan Holm --- BilboAndy Serkis --- GollumIan McKellen --- GandalfDominic Monaghan --- MerryViggo Mortensen --- AragornCraig Parker --- HaldirJohn Rhys-Davies --- Gimli/ Voice of Tree-beardLiv Tyler --- ArwenHugo Weaving --- ElrondElijah Wood --- FrodoDavid Wenham --- FaramirBernard Hill --- TheodenParis Howe Strewe --- TheodredMiranda Otto --- EowynKarl Urban --- EomerJohn Noble --- DenethorNoel Appleby --- Everard ProudfootJohn Bach --- MadrilSam Comery --- EothainBrad Dourif --- WormtongueCalum Gittins --- HalethBruce Hopkins --- GamlingJohn Leigh --- HamaRobbie Magasiva --- MauhurRobyn Malcolm --- MorwenOlivia Tennet --- FredaRay Trickitt --- BeregStephen Ure --- GrishnakhBrent McIntyre --- Witch-kingMarton Csokas --- CelebornIan Holm --- BilboSarah McLeod --- Rosie CottonHarry Sinclair --- Isildur
Worth Buying: 5 of 5stars
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