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The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

Updated on December 3, 2011

The Ultimate Conclusion to One of the World's Greatest Stories

The final chapter in this epic saga has finally come to a climatic end. The movie is based off Tolkien's last book of his "Lord of the Rings" trilogy of novels; "Return of the King." The film picks up where "Two Towers" leaves off with Frodo and Sam being guided by the mischievious Golem to Mordor to destroy the ring while Aragorn is helping the last remaining men in the world to fight Sauron's forces. Peter Jackson creates the perfect tone of good versus evil throughout the film while displaying a lot of powerful themes like never giving up when all hope seems lost and accepting responsibility when the time is needed. However, it doesn't hurt the movie when you have great performances by Elijah Wood, Sir Ian McKellan, Viggo Mortensen, and of course Sean Astin. "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy is by far one of the best movie series in film history, and it's certainly the best sci-fi movie series (sorry George Lucas).

The storyline in this film is what really stood out because of the many powerful themes it carried. One of the themes was never giving up when all hope seems lost like when Gandalf is helping Gondor's defenses from Mordor's attack even though they are out numbered and when Sam tries to rescue Frodo after he's been kidnapped by Orcs. These powerful themes help generate a realistic tone to the film and allowing audiences to get more intimate with the characters. Another theme is accepting responsibility, Aragorn in the film is put in a position where he must confront his own fears to lead humanity to victory. Peter Jackson and the writers use symbolism to carry out these themes very well.

The symbolism behind the "Lord of the Rings" probably won't be found by most of the readers of this website, but it's definitely worth noticing. The movie uses lines like when the Elf King tells Aragorn, "Leave the ranger behind and become who you were born to be." This line of course means in the film is that Aragorn must finally become king of Gondor if humanity is to survive, but it does carry a deeper purpose. The line can mean that in order for anyone to survive in society we must all become who we were born to be which is a contributing member of society or fall into the trap of doom.

The story also uses symbolism with the Frodo's journey because it's an interpretation of life's journey in which it's a hard and long one where each person has to believe in himself/herself in order to survive and in his/her friends.

Peter Jackson uses the perfect tone to help carry out the movie from the epic battle scenes to the dramatic ending; the story will leave audiences breathless. Peter Jackson probably could've made this into a flop if he wanted to or fall into the trap the new "Star Wars" prequels and "Matrix" films fell into by overcommercializing, but he decided to truly create a story in which all can enjoy.

The special effects were good as expected; raising the bar yet again in this action packed film. However, the battle scenes were very well done.

Anyway, this film wouldn't have been good without star performances by Viggo, Ian, Elijah, and Sean because their performance shone the brightest out of all the stars in this film. Viggo Mortensen plays Aragorn, the heir to the throne of Gondor, and gives a very realistic performance of a man who's running away from his past, but learns that he must confront it in the end. Elijah Wood plays Frodo, a hobbit with the bestowed task of destroying the ring of power, gives one of the best performances in a film. Ian Mckellan, even though was not in most of the movie, still manage to give a solid performance. However, among these actors mentioned the Academy should definitely consider Sean Astin, Elijah Wood, and Viggo Mortensen because without their performances this film would've never stood up to the hype.

The film does fall into some minor cliches, and it has some plot holes if you haven't seen the first two. However, if audiences take the time to watch the film series in it entirety, then they won't be disappointed.

The "Lord of the Rings" series has finally reached its climax. Peter Jackson and crew did truly a great job on this film along with great Academy Award like performances from Viggo, Sean, and Elijah. Of course, the special effects aren't too bad either. "The Lord of the Rings" series is definitely one the best film series of all time.


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      Steven Escareno 8 years ago

      thanks, you too pal

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      Seth Tomko 8 years ago from Macon, GA

      Good review. Keep up the good work.