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February 1, 2019
The best, GREATEST movie ever made!
January 27, 2019
Truly a masterpiece the likes of which we are likely to never see again
½ January 16, 2019
good film . But are things slipping here? More cgi thats not needed creeping in. Why are the fields of pellenor so flat and empty. Did gondor just give up planting crops or was it all just to prepare the way for massive cgi battles... I'm so invested in the story by this point that I can't not praise it. But as a standalone movie it's more like a 4/5. The way it blends and compromises with the others lifts it.
½ January 1, 2019
This massive visual masterpiece is worth your time. Peter Jackson knows how to make a great film and this being probably his best work. Go watch this, possibly several times if you can.
December 29, 2018
Peter Jackson's fully-realized vision of Tolkien's work comes to a stunning close with emotionally involving action and committed performances.
December 28, 2018
The epic conclusion to TLOTR trilogy manages to captivate the audience to this beautiful world known as Middle-Earth while also showing all the evils that come with it. this final chapter is indeed a solid finishing chapter to this trilogy and indeed....a masterpiece
I'll give it
- 100%
December 27, 2018
so much amazing work put into these film, glad i can watch it on boxxy software
½ December 26, 2018
Like the other two, the action is almost unparalleled. Tolkien's trilogy has a terrific ending with tons of action and storylines. Andy Serkis once again is in a class all of his own with a terrific performance as gollum.
½ December 21, 2018
One of The best movie which I did find using boxxy software - on that great app can watch for free. Only with VPN.
December 19, 2018
Pippin, Merry, Sam, and Frodo all grew up in the Shire which represents youth, love, peace, nature, and tranquility. Smeagol turning into Gollum represents the duality of man. He started out as an innocent hobbit and now heâ(TM)s completely corrupted by his desire and passion for the ring. The same ring corrupts Bilbo to a lesser degree and [Spoilers] we see the same thing happen to Frodo at the top of mount doom.The ring of power represents pride, greed, lust, wrath and all of the desires of the world. Mordor represents hell, war, power, domination, evil, and sin. Gondor represents the Kingdom of God, a powerful, but just society. A Kingdom of Kings. With a just ruler, but all united under the almighty. Gondor defeating Mordor and Frodo destroying the ring represent good conquering evil. Love conquering hate. God conquering The Devil.
December 16, 2018
The perfect ending to this trilogy. It couldn't have been done better. The end of this movie makes me tear up, Howard Shore's score is beautiful, the suspense throughout the film is fantastic. This trilogy deserves every Oscar it recurved. Peter Jackson set a new standard of trilogies that hasn't been broken yet, not even by the masterful Dark Knight Trilogy.
December 11, 2018
Peter Jackson pays off all the setup in the previous installments with a magnificent narration that nails at being exciting, emotional and reflexive at the same time. Together with an execelent cast, delightful sets and locations, engaging action and an impressive score the conclusion of this unified thrilogy (that really seems like one movie) improves and its predecessors and elevates The Lord of The Rings fantasy epic to near perfection
December 5, 2018
Fifteen years since The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King was released the effects of this movie have never been more apparent. The level of influence this movie has is almost as big as its trophy case; or, 11 Oscars, 4 Golden Globes, and numerous other awards. This was the event that brought geek culture to the forefront of the minds of Hollywood's directors. Even today, a decade and a half later, the Marvel Universe has Middle Earth to thank as it dominates the box office with both "Geeks" and "Non-Geeks" flocking to theaters worldwide. No longer are superheroes, magic creatures, or fairy tales things for nerds. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, specifically The Return of the King destroyed the stigma around the genre and word "Geek". More than just a great ending to a timeless saga, the release of this movie was a cultural movement and catalyst that brought about changes not only in the movie industry, but throughout the world
The anticipation leading up to this concluding chapter was that of legend, and director Peter Jackson does not disappoint with this final film. Through the effective use of character development, music, and attention to detail, the themes from the Lord of the Rings saga by J.R.R. Tolkien's masterpiece are brought to life one last time. Hailed by critics the world round, Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King exceeds expectations and becomes an instant classic.
The level of character development in The Return of the King cannot be understated. The depth that Jackson goes to with each individual character over the course of the 200-minute movie help us to better understand individuals and their important roles in the story, as well as transport us to the land of middle earth for a front row seat to the war to end all wars. The film opens up with a flash back of Sméagol's life pre-Gollum. The typically CGI (Computer Generated Image) Andy Serkis gives us a quick glimpse of a once playful, and loving Hobbit right before the ring takes hold of him and transforms him over the course of close to 500 years into the evil Gollum. This scene is key as it gives insight to the level of power the ring has, and the immense burden taken on by the ring bearer. Towards the end of the movie this is illustrated nicely by the markings around Frodo's neck from the chain on which he carries the ring. Although the physical changes are the most obvious, the emotional changes we see in the hero are even more shocking on screen.
Frodo is a character we see change over the course of the trilogy as the ring takes its toll over the course of the year long journey. Physically speaking Frodo appears weak and depends more upon Sam and Gollum to make the trek. His emotions change as well, as the naturally cheery hobbit becomes more impatient, and less trusting, as well as more shrill and critical of Sam. Just as the ring, and his travels have taken a negative toll on Frodo, The Return of the King does a magnificent job at illustrating quite the opposite for Samwise Gamgee.
Portrayed as the dimwitted friend, or clumsy sidekick at the beginning of the saga, Samwise takes very seriously his charge to watch over Mr. Frodo. Going against his shy and reserved nature, Sam's transformation is wonderfully completed and portrayed by Sean Astin. The hero of The Goonies, Rudy, and other films has his crowning and most famous performance here as he proves once a fool doesn't mean always a fool. Even when Frodo casts Sam away under false pretenses, Sam obeys but quickly forgives and comes back more determined than ever to destroy the source of Frodo's delusion. Countless other examples of Jackson's masterful use of character development bring this movie to life better than any other in the trilogy. We can see this influence throughout cinema today as well, as audiences are no longer satisfied with explosions and fight scenes alone. Even the simplest stories now feature extremely deep character development and transformation. Tony Stark wasn't always the caring, emotional individual we see in recent films after all.
The extended edition of these films gives even more insight to character motives, and personality traits. One of the best examples of this is in a scene where the last remaining soldiers from Minas Tirith follow Aragon to the black gate in an effort to draw Sauron's eye and give Frodo the best chance at destroying the ring. The deleted scene shows the Mouth of Sauron come out to meet the group, and he gives them a "token". He then throws Frodo's Mithril vest at Aragon and talks about the torture they inflicted on him. Even something as small as this gives us a better understanding to why the fellowship thinks Frodo is dead, and they fight with increased raw emotion and vigor. The effects used to enhance this scene such as slow motion, camera angles, and music create the perfect blend of emotions. Jackson's strong supporting cast each help create the perfect environment for an epic hero story such as this.
The London Philharmonic under the direction of the great Howard Shore play an integral role in the experience that is The Return of the King. The perfect blend of strings and wind instruments polish off the majesty of the Elves, while the strong percussion and deeper brass instruments create a tangible tension in the air during the monstrous battles, or any moments involving the fearsome Uruk Hai. The music almost goes unnoticed at seemingly insignificant parts of the film, but when paying close attention as one must in this film, true fans of Tolkien will realize the vital role the music plays in this final chapter of the saga. From the playful recorder melody that is the Shire theme song, to the unmistakable powerful percussion and thunderous tubas in the Isengard theme, this score features a full spectrum of instruments that Shore has arranged perfectly to bring to light underlying themes and help the audience make connections between scenes, as well as help us follow the intense web of storylines found in Lord of the Rings. Jackson uses the music as well as subtle transitional tricks to help the viewer understand where they are in the story as it bounces between the paths of the remaining members of the Fellowship.
Watching The Return of the King one will come to appreciate the seemingly minute details that really tie the story together. An excellent example of this comes in a scene where Frodo and Sam find themselves in the tower Cirith Ungol. As Frodo lies stripped of his clothes by Orcs, we see his body covered in scars that we can connect back to previous experiences he has had along his travels. Specifically, the scars left by the Morgul blade from the Witch King of Angmar at Weathertop. From the little tears in the costumes or props, to the amazing work done by the Foley artists to bring the cringeworthy sounds like Gollum biting into a fish, or the ear-piercing sound of the Nazgul, all contribute to the magic.
The focus of this movie is obviously on the acting, and Jackson has stressed that although a large portion of this movie is CGI the acting and people involved should drive the story. That being said, one cannot go without mentioning the unbelievable, and awe-inspiring aspect of the movie that is the special effects. From the grotesque creatures and gigantic structures, to the small hobbits that are the focal point of the trilogy; all aspects of the CGI realm big and small are done flawlessly. One leaves the movie almost forgetting that Elijah Wood, Sean Astin and company aren't actually three feet tall. No detail is too small for Peter Jackson and the rest of the genius minds that make up the production team.
Never before has the story of the unlikely hero been so well illustrated. Each character deals with different challenges, and the way they respond to said challenges determines their fate. In a movie with plenty to offer us, J.R.R. Tolkien and Peter Jackson do a wonderful job at subtly teaching us life lessons that never fade from relevance. This instant classic-- while entertaining and loveable at face value-- takes on whole new meaning for those fans willing to ponder and interpret this cinematic masterpiece. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King takes its place among the greatest movies in cinematic history thanks to the memorable characters, the timeless soundtrack, and the masterful display of detailed special effects. Peter Jackson has cemented his place as one of the greats with this closing chapter of the beloved classic saga.
December 5, 2018
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is once again directed by Peter Jackson, screenplay by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Peter Jackson, same of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings' crew. Starring Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Andy Serkis and Sean Astin.

The final battle for Middle-earth begins. Frodo and Sam, led by Gollum, continue their dangerous mission toward the fires of Mount Doom in order to destroy the One Ring.

If you've read my The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers reviews, so you know that I loved both of them very much, even with its flaws, it's still of the best fantasy trilogies ever made!

The final chapter of Lord of the Rings presents a very satisfying ending for every fan (of the movie or even the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien). Epic battles, emotional scenes, fascinating CGI, powerful and balanced-paced.

Everything was wrong or flawed with the previous two is now completely fixed, nothing went wrong with this movie! The performances got improved, they're way better now. The slow-mo scenes are improved too, which is mean that the direction is improved too! All of that makes The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King one of the best movie with lots of memorable moments.

The battles are essential, and even better than the battles of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. All of that is making it unique and breathtaking, with lots of fun and a repeatable movie, like for thousands of times!

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is definitely the best movie of the trilogy, and it deserves an A+!

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December 2, 2018
The best in the series imo. It's just so emotional, powerful and simply flawless.
November 30, 2018
The movie of my childhood. Still loving it at 19 years old!
½ November 24, 2018
There are some moments of greatness, but in all it was very boring. It drags on more than any film I've ever seen. It just never ends. (First viewing - December 2003 in theaters)
½ November 21, 2018
This is my review as an adaptation of the book. As an adaptation, this SUCKS!!!! They butchered the book. However, on it's own, I would give it 4-4.5.
November 17, 2018
Few third films or franchise conclusions have matched the epic finality to this ensemble masterpiece. It builds up its emotional and compelling character arcs in 3 hours the same way as how the entire first two films have brought us to this point. Hats off to you Peter Jackson for making not only a satisfying conclusion, but an all round perfect craft of cinema.
November 10, 2018
Completed the perfect trilogy in the perfect way. Great battle scenes, suspense and a bit of everything that made the trilogy so successful.
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