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Film REVIEW: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) - ★★★★★

Updated: Jan 6

Director: Peter Jackson

Writer: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson

based on The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien

Stars: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Bernard Hill, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Hugo Weaving, Miranda Otto, David Wenham, Karl Urban, John Noble, Andy Serkis, Ian Holm, Sean Bean.

Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama

Themes: Hobbit, Middle Earth, Journey

Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring.

The sequel to 2002's The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, the film is the final instalment in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

The film was acclaimed by both critics and audiences, who considered it to be a landmark in filmmaking and the fantasy film genre, and a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy, with praise for the visual effects, performances, action sequences, direction, screenplay, musical score, costume design, emotional depth and scope.

Like the previous films in the trilogy, The Return of the King is widely recognised as one of the greatest and most influential films ever made.


Euan (Age 13): ★★★★★

"This film is amazing. This film has one of the biggest set pieces you could think of with the massive Minas Tirith big-miniature. The special effects are excellent although the massive elephants (mumakil) are a bit sketchy, but are actually pretty good for the time. The story is good, it does not feel like there is something missing."

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