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The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King
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Starring: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Orlando Bloom, Andy Serkis
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: New Line Cinema
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Kiddie Movie: There's a lot of violence, so not too young.
Date Movie: If they're into this type of movie.
Gratuitous Sex: Nah.
Gratuitous Violence: Lots of it.
Action: Lots of it.
Laughs: Some good chuckles.
Memorable Scene: The spider scene was intense.
Memorable Quote: "That still only counts as one!"
Directed By: Peter Jackson
Produced By: Peter Jackson, Barrie M. Osborne, Robert Shaye, Fran Walsh

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 3:21 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
Sometimes I wonder if there is even a point to writing a review, especially when it is for "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King." If youíve seen the first two installments youíll be going to see the movie anyway, and if you havenít, youíll probably go anyway out of curiosity. Oh well, hereís a review anyway.

As "The Return of the King" was ending, a couple of things occurred to me. One was that it was a great movie, especially since it lasted almost 3 Ĺ hours and it really didnít feel like that, and two, The Lord of the Rings trilogy was set up as a winner from the get go, whereas The Matrix trilogy pretty much couldnít match up to the heights of its first installment. More on that later, letís get to the King.

"The Return of the King" picks up with our friends, Frodo and Sam, still trudging along with Gollum to destroy the ring at Mount Doom. Weíve also got the other folks, namely Gandalf and Aragorn, preparing for the battle to end all battles. Thereís a power struggle for control, Aragorn is eventually given the sword of the king, and we get one hell of a battle. People fight, some die, some live, and peace is restored to middle earth. Isnít that all you really need to know? If you read the books you know the outcome, and if you didnít, you want to be surprised, so Iím leaving my story synopsis at that.

What I will say, though, is that "Return of the King" was one of the best films I have ever seen. It wrapped up a story that needed closure, visually it was as good as anything Iíve ever seen, and youíve got to give ultimate credit to the folks who cast this movie because everyone was fantastic.

So Iíll wrap up this review with my final explanation of why I think The Matrix failed and why The Lord of the Rings concluded with the grandeur that it did. This is all based on one assumption, and that was that The Matrix wasnít really written to become all three films. It seemed more like they made the first movie not really knowing if it would become the powerhouse it would inevitably become. There were probably ideas on how to continue the movie if need be, but they would wrap up the first one in case there wouldnít be a sequel. All of a sudden they had to figure out a way to really conclude the movie, so they kind of made it up to reach a conclusion. That left most who saw the movie wondering what kind of crap they kept coming up with. Visually cool, but the story was totaling lacking in coherence. With The Lord of the Rings, however, the story was already written, masterfully written at that, and written with the conception at the start of how the story would logically progress. All that was needed was a director with the vision to bring the books to life, and that was accomplished greatly by Peter Jackson. I donít know if that makes any sense, but it does to me. Oh well.

"The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" is a fabulous movie, although I will admit it isnít for everyone. In any case Iím still giving the movie 5 stars out of 5. A great ending to a fabulous franchise.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!


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