By: Julio De Francisco (A Toast) –
The Return of the King marks the end of the epic journey of Frodo Baggins, which was to destroy the Ring by casting it into the fires of Mount Doom. The film interweaves the story of Aragorn’s (Viggo Mortensen) return to Gondor to reclaim his thrown, the quest of Frodo and Sam into Mordor with Smeagol as their guide, and many more subplots that make sitting in your seat for 201 minutes straight well worth the pain of holding out to go to the bathroom. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is a truly magnificent film, closing one of the best trilogies of all time.
You had to make Back to the Future 3 didn’t you? -Elijah Wood
I raise a glass first and foremost to The Hobbit himself, Peter Jackson. He delivered a beautiful and emotional film that wraps up the story of friends bounded by true hearts and purpose. The editing, the cinematography, the costumes, and the movie sets were also amazing. Yup, this man could do no wrong.
What I loved most about this film was the cast and how well they all worked together. Sam and Frodo, played by Sean Astin and Elijah Wood, were especially great. While Frodo was burdened with the ring, Sam and we the audience were burdened with Frodo — desiring to see him succeed in his quest. Also impressive was the bi-polar multi-personality Smeagol/Gollum (Andy Serkis). He was fantastic. The film kicks off with more background into Smeagol and how he became the creature Gollum. The fighting pair, Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and Gimli (John Rhys-Davies) were great for dramatic and comedic relief. Pippin (Billy Boyd) and Merry (Dominic Monaghan) are split up for most of this installment and grow from immature weed smoking hobbits to warriors who each play integral roles in battles and great subplots. Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) and Gandalf (Ian McKellen) were each amazing – taking charge and making decisions. They both played amazing together and apart.
The special affects were also amazing. Smeagol seemed very lifelike especially with details like his scheming eyes and strands of hair swaying with his movement. Also impressive were the battle scenes. Shelob, a large tarantula, was also great. I could go on and on but my favorite has to be the scene where Legolas climbs an Oliphaunt.
I am so going to murder you.
J.R.R. Tolkien would have been proud. The Return of the King is A Toast – and I wouldn’t recommend having too many beers with its 201 minute run-time. Also, unless you’re a fan of the book, skip the extended version which runs at 240 minutes.
Take a Drink: whenever there is a close-up of the Ring.
Take a Drink:whenever Frodo sides with Smeagol.
Take a Drink: whenever you see the Sauron’s Eye or the Palantir Sphere.
Take a Drink: whenever Mordor or Gondor is said.
Take a Drink:whenever a beacon is lit.
Take a Drink: whenever you hear the Nazgul screech.
Take a Drink:whenever Shelob is blinded by the Light of the Phial of Galadriel.
Take a Drink: whenever an Oliphaunt falls.