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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Reviews

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September 12, 2017
I think this final film is. phenomonal as it is breathtaking to the conclusion of LOTR trilogy...
September 10, 2017
It's no wonder this film won so many awards because it is the crowning glory of the trilogy, no pun intended. Everything comes to a head in a very satisfying conclusion in this very emotional finale. The acting is still stellar across the board with Eowyn, played by Miranda Otto, really coming into her own as a valiant fighter, Sean Astin has a standout performance as the ever faithful Sam and John Noble joins the cast as Denethor, a disturbed individual still mourning the loss of his favourite son. There are so many great moments in this film: Frodo and Sam's interactions with Shelob, the giant spider; the battle of Pelennor fields, where Sauron's armies throw everything from giant elephants known as Mumakil and the Witch King of Angmar at Gondor to destroy the world of men; and the final push to destroy the ring at mount doom. The Return of the King raps up a great story of bravery, love and proof that no matter how small or insignificant you think you are, you can change the world for the better. Visually stunning, fantastically written and with a great deal of heart, this rounds up one of the best film trilogies of all time.
September 2, 2017
Way to long of a movie and too complicated for me so it's not one I would want to watch again
August 29, 2017
The Return of the King ties up the epic fantasy adventure in a thrilling, large-scale and emotional chapter.
½ August 25, 2017
Lord of the Rings was a fantastic trilogy that ended on a very high note with Return of the King. Though stretching the ending a few minutes too long took its toll, the film offers a satisfying closing arc for all characters in a truly epic spectacle that is bound to leave a lasting impression to all.
½ August 21, 2017
Except for the goshawful beginning where you find out that Gollum was always like that, even before the curse (shudders) is a classic movie, like the whole trilogy. Some of the best fantasy put on film.
August 20, 2017
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King - is a spectacular achievement from an ambitious director. Peter Jackson saved the best for last in his rendition of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. He takes the stride and confidence of The Two Towers and amplifies it with more emotional weight, even more so than the Fellowship of the Ring. The impact is truly overwhelming. It's the final push that you make once you realize that you're out of breath, such can be said about this last outing. I can't stress enough the amount of caffeine you need to finish the 3hrs and a half epic, not because you'll be bored of it but due to the amount of stimulation and jaw dropping moments, you realize then how much straining it does to your eyes and mouth.

The battle of Minas Tirith alone, is enough to demand your attention. All points in the trilogy leads to this battle, a melting pot of the saga if you must. The majestic white city that surrounds a cliff point peak is so surreal and beautiful to behold that one will be surprised of its production. Not a single shot of this city screams false. The siege of the castle itself is glorious; competing catapults from both parties - damaging towers, damaging siege towers, a flying rock against running soldiers, desegregating everything to rubble that of which tumble on the civilians and soldiers below. Then comes the dragons that pierce through the air with a screeching sound, managing to fright, grab and drop soldiers off to their impending doom. We get a burning battering ram, armed trolls, siege towers, etc. The Rohan horses also adds a nice human touch. One feels the charge when they start stampeding all of their evil enemies. If this is all just too overwhelming, we get treated with even more and more scenarios, all of which are bigger than the last and all at the same battlefield. Don't fret however, we do get quiet and nuance moments throughout the battle; the scene when Gandalf talks to Pinpin about death being just another passage that "we all must take" is poetic and timely. There's a moment that I must not spoil involving the series beloved female character, Eowyn , whom after witnessing her beloved fall, fights with the Witch King and his dragon. One of the most crowd-pleasing moments this series has offered.

The rest of the film carries along just fine. We experience the psychological burden of Frodo's quest and Samwise comes to fruition as Frodo's bodyguard/friend. There's even a scene where he carries Frodo up the mountain. Poignant and powerful that scene was.

At the end of it all, I'm glad that I've experienced a film like this. This is an experience that demands multiple viewings. Thank you Peter Jackson and to his massive team (including actors and actresses) that worked so hard to bring this story to life.
August 14, 2017
August 7, 2017
Return of the King is 4 hours of payoff, a third act in a gigantic epic rather than a mere film of its own. As such it is intensely dramatic and dynamic and you can very much sense that though Peter Jackson spared no effort on the previous episodes, this is clearly his favorite. The film floats by at a thunderous pace, taking us through unforgettable moments such as the battle of Minas Tirith itself, a marvel of seamless animation and epic film-making, it demands to be seen, as it has too many jaw-dropping moments to choose from. The quieter character moments keep gaining in potency and the full weight of the stakes and their heartbreaking consequences is never in doubt.
August 6, 2017
One of those films where if you say this film is bad, you are legitimately wrong. The Return of the King is the best of the trilogy, and can be long at times, but it's outweighed by the great story, great acting, great characters, great script, etc. EVERYTHING IS GREAT IN THIS FILM!
August 4, 2017
From beginning to end, this movie is a complete masterpiece. Possibly the best movie ever made.
July 28, 2017
One of the best "Best Picture" winners ever!

Overall Grade: A+
July 20, 2017
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King has breathtaking visual effects, a beautifully placed plot, an amazing musical background, fully developed characters which you get an emotional interest in and a truly epic war scene with constant twist and turns.
July 18, 2017
A phenomenal last chapter to an iconic series. There are few movies quite as grandioso and epic as this.
July 16, 2017
An epic, emotional, and jaw-droppingly beautiful conclusion to the best film trilogy of all time, The Return of the King ends the epic trilogy on a high note and is exactly how this film should have been. From Andy Serkis's brilliant performance as Gollum to the epic battle at the gates of Mordor, Return of the King is epic, period.
½ July 13, 2017
Wold be at a full five stars if it had ended 30 minutes earlier. The ending drags on quite a bit but don't let that deter you from watching what is otherwise a great film with epic battle sequences and great CGI aided cinematography.
July 12, 2017
Definitely the best LotR film. One of the best films ever made.
July 8, 2017
A great finale to a fantastic series! Highly recommend!
July 1, 2017
Perfect way to end a franchise as good as this
June 26, 2017
The final film of the trilogy and the finest: one of the most enthralling pieces of work ever put on the big screen. The big takeaway however is the emotion; very rarely will a film leave you with the feeling that you experience when the credits roll.
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