MovieRob’s Birthday Bash of Favorites 2022 (#43 of 49) – The Lords of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) – Encore Review 3

January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 48, so I decided to watch 49 (48+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month.  I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me.  Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that are spoiler free before reading on…

Hope you enjoy!

This is film #43 of the 49.

Let’s continue with… 

“I will not say “Do not weep”, for not all tears are an evil.” – Gandalf

Initial Viewing Memories – This was a film that most of anticipated for two years ever since Peter Jackson began his trilogy of the famous J.R.R Tolkien series. I recall that the movie came out on a Thursday here and I was in the Police Academy. As soon as they let us go for the weekend, I went straight to the nearest multiplex and watched the story unfold in amazement. As with all 3 films in this series, I was more mesmerized by the Extended Editions that came out a year after the theatrical release and still own the entire set which give us such an amazing more comprehensive and more complete look at this story.

Number of Times Seen – At least 10 times (In theater on opening night, DVD, 2 Mar 2014, 4 Jul 2018 and 27 Jan 2022)

Link to original reviewHere and Here

Brief Synopsis – The story of the fight against evil in Middle Earth comes to a conclusion as Frodo and Sam continue their journey as the rest of the characters get ready for a final confrontation near Minas Tirath.

My Take on it – Such an amazing conclusion to such an epic tale.

The series has already developed all the characters and this 4 hour + version of the film is able to give us a very comprehensive look at the final battle for Middle Earth.

The special effects are amazingly done and help bring this world to life before our very eyes.

The battles and action scenes are breathtaking to watch and look so great no matter hoe often one watches it.

The cast is amazing and after watching them play these characters so many hours over the course of the series, they all seem to embody these characters.

The music by Howard Shore is great and adds such an epic feel to things.

The choice to split up the Hobbits into 3 different groups gives the story even more of an impact as things move along.

This film was definitely deserving of being one of the few movies to go undefeated at the Oscars as it won all 11 categories it was nominated in.

Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Andy Serkis and Elijah Wood were each given prop rings by Peter Jackson used in the movie. They both thought they had the only one. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)


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