The Return of the King

The Return of the King  is a fantastic end to the Lord of the Rings series and finally answers the question of whether or not Middle Earth can be saved. This movie has it all, the courage and fighting spirit of the ring bearer and the war strategy of the men who need to out maneuver a seemingly endless supply of orcs. Unlike the two previous movies in the series, which have their dull moments throughout, this movie is a three hour marathon filled with non-stop action.

In this movie, we see Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood), the hobbit of the Shire, battle with Samwise Gamgee (Sean Astin) against their wills and the deceitful Gollum (Andy Serkis) in their attempt to reach Mount Doom. Meanwhile, Gandalf (Ian McKellen) is working with Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) to prevent all of Middle Earth from being destroyed by the Orcs of Mordor, at which point the age of men will have come to an end.

The soundtrack throughout is a fitting neoclassical accompaniment to the action that occurs on the screen, successfully serving to increase the emotion evoked from the viewer. The landscape is authentic, making holiday brochures to New Zealand completely unnecessary. Both the landscape and the soundtrack had to be spot on, considering this is the end of a seemingly endless tension between good and evil.

The depiction of Gollum is again wonderful. In this finale to the three part masterpiece, we catch an inner glimpse into the mind of Gollum and his struggle between his legitimate friend, Frodo, and the neverending pull of the ring. Another star is Aragorn, who, despite his pseudo-medieval way of talking which he is able to make seem effortless and natural, is able to fully demonstrate his leadership and his intangible presence, the two aspects that separate him from his friends Legolas and Gimli.

This film is a fantastic end to a thrilling series which has obsessed fans all over the world. Its outcome is of incomparable significance to these fans, meaning its makers had to nail it, which they undoubtedly did.

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