The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Published September 6, 2021

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Film info

  • Title The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • Director Peter Jackson
  • Year 2003
  • Run time 3hrs 21m
  • Genres Action, Adventure, Fantasy
  • Tagline The eye of the enemy is moving

In the conclusion of J. R. R. Tolkien's epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, as armies mass for a final battle that will decide the fate of the world - and powerful, ancient forces of Light and Dark complete to determine the outcome - one member of the Fellowship of the Ring is revealed as the noble heir to the throne of the Kings of Men. Yet, the sole hope for triumph over evil lies with a brave hobbit, Frodo Baggins, who, accompanied only by his loyal friend Sam and the hideous, wretched Gollum, ventures deep into the very dark heart of Mordor on his seemingly impossible quest to destroy the Ring of Power.

Live blog

Time Comment
7:15 The murder I get, but didn’t really need to see the evolution of Gollum.
11:15 “Let’s just have his head and be done with it.” Gimli’s right. This is a “I’ve got a gun in my room,” situation all over again.
12:03 “Bless my bark.”
20:18 Gandalf sleeps with his eyes open, that’s so creepy.
24:35 Isn’t it more that he refused to ask them for help rather than that they just decided not to?
35:49 Enjoying Gandalf’s never-ending disdain of Pippin.
43:55 “The board is set, the pieces are moving.” Magneto on about chess again.
51:14 Shut up is a woman going to get a chance to wield a sword in this.
1:00:37 Poor Faramir! I mean, we all wish Sean Bean was still in it, but that’s so harsh.
1:12:07 6,000 is nowhere near enough and yet also is too many people.
1:25:24 Aragorn doesn’t fear death, Legolas is just nosy, and Gimli shamed into it.
1:31:34 Catapulting heads is a step too far, thank you.
1:43:57 That spider was horrific but so well done, it looked really good even by today’s standards.
1:52:51 Frodo has died like three times already. He’s so Loki.
1:59:47 Ooh, it’s all gone so Time Commanders.
2:08:05 “Death is just another path in this world. One that we all must take.”
2:12:14 “I am no man.” WORTH IT.
2:27:07 I’m loving Sam’s one step at a time approach. Just get to the bottom of the hill.
2:39:59 How is there a doorway in the side of an active volcano?
2:54:45 I can’t believe the movie didn’t end on the smiling face of Sam as he is clearly the hero of the piece.
2:57:54 They look like a Hobbit version of the Beatles. Four guys with bad hair in waistcoats.
3:11:59 It DID end on Sam!


I actually thought this film was really good, probably the best of the three, until the ending when it was so drawn out, I really just needed it to be over. In fact, from start to finish, there’s probably a really good two and a half hour movie in here, it’s just elongated in the worst way to drag on over three hours.

There were quite a few highlights, the woman finally getting her moment, Sam’s undying loyalty, and Leglolas taking down a huge beast singlehandedly. Plenty of lowlights too, but you know what? We did it! We got through the first trilogy and now just have the other Hobbit journey left to go.

Rating: 3 / 5

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