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“I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.” – Sam
Number of Times Seen – approximately 12 times (twice in theater including Opening night, DVD, 1 Mar 2014 and 4 Jul 2018)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – As the forces of good prepare themselves in order to face the coming evil, Sam and Frodo must use an untrustworthy guide in order to get deep into the lands of the Dark Lord Sauren.
My Take on it – This is a strange film to watch on it’s own because it is largely the film that bridges the gap between the first and last films of the trilogy.
That being said, it does so amazingly and without it, the trilogy would never be anywhere close to being the same.
They do a wonderful job anchoring some of the storyline set forth in the trilogy and bring other to fruition along the way.
Once again, the special effects are superb here and help make the creatures and world of Middle Earth into realistic and tangible things.
There is no question that Gollum is among the best CGI characters ever created largely due to Andy Serkis’ portrayal of him.
The strongest characters of this film are once again the 4 Hobbits and Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin are split into two groups in this film so that each team can fulfill a different destiny while attempting to save their world.
There are many who believe that this is the weakest film of the trilogy, but it retains the epic scale and helps move so much forwrad that it’s hard to discount any of the films in telling such a vast and epic overall story about good vs. evil.
This film was only nominated for 6 Oscars that year yet managed to win 2 Technical category awards for Special Effects and Sound Editing.
Bottom Line – Great “bridge” film in the story that helps anchor some of the storyline really well. The special effects are once again superb and help bring the creatures and world of Middle Earth to life before our eyes. The Hobbits are still the strongest characters and are split into two groups as each team finds that they have a different and unique destiny in trying to save their world. Some believe this to be the weakest of the three films, but it’s epic scale is still quiet apparent and the fact that it bridges two other films together perfectly also gives it even more weight. Highly Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Andy Serkis was pitched the role of Gollum by his agent, who rang him up and asked him if he wanted to do three weeks’ voice-over work in New Zealand. However, Peter Jackson was so blown away by Serkis’ audition, that he decided to have him perform the movements for Gollum as well. . (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10)
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