The Return Of The King Rocks

I saw The Lord of the Rings: The Return Of The King yesterday, taking the afternoon off to catch a matinee on the first day. The movie was a spectacular culmination to the other two, and as many people have said, if the film is not awarded the Best Picture Oscar then the Academy is worthless. Sean Astin’s heartfelt portrayal of Samwise Gamgee and Andy Serkis’ groundbreaking performance as Smeagol/Gollum should definitely be considered for awards as well.

I don’t want to ruin anything for anyone that hasn’t read the books, so I won’t post a detailed review here; I’ll add one in the comments later if there’s enough interest. I do have to point out that once again there are significant departures from the book, although I suppose that’s unavoidable. Still, there is one change/omission in particular that really bothered me. I’ll post my thoughts on that and the movie in general in the comments section soon to avoid spoiling anything for anyone.

Anyone that’s seen the first two movies will probably be itching to see this closing chapter, so I probably don’t need to twist anyone’s arm. Still, if anyone has any lingering doubts about whether they should see The Return Of The King in the theater, they should cast them aside now; you will not be disappointed.

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