Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King
It has come down to the final battle in this movie trilogy of epic magnitude. The fate of Middle-Earth will be decided. As the legions of evil are forming alliances to eliminate the race of men, the kingdom of Gondor is threatened and the people of Gondor need their king back. Gandalf (Ian McKellen) rallies Gondor’s army to action and receives aid from the army of Rohan, led by King Theoden (Bernard Hill). Although no match for their enemies, they are determined to stand their ground and distract Sauron so that the hobbits can complete their mission. Frodo (Elijah Wood), the Ring Bearer, and Sam (Sean Astin) continue their journey to the evil land of Mordor to destroy the ring, encountering treacherous paths and danger everywhere. But their biggest threat is their guide, Gollum (Andy Serkis), who desperately wants possession of the ring as he leads them to the heart of Mount Doom. Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and Gimli (John Rhys-Davies) continue to strengthen the effort from a distance.
This third and final film of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy caps off the series with the best film of the three, and incidentally it went on to win eleven Academy awards. The acting is superb and the actors won a SAG Award for the best ensemble cast for a film in 2003. The direction is top notch, as is the music and writing. This one is the most emotional film of the three as there is death and loss and it ties up all the loose ends.
However, it rates a four in our violence category and anything above a level two cannot be approved by Dove. It is a shame as this is the only area of content which prevents us from awarding the film our Dove Seal. Perhaps a good edited copy which will cut down the number of violent scenes will show up on television.