Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

From the desk of the Movie Snob:

Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. (B+) Saw it last night with some friends from work. This three-hour-and-twenty-minute spectacular had a lot of good stuff in it, but somehow the whole was less than the sum of the parts. Some parts felt a little underdone, while others (particularly the ones in which the director tried to create a little emotion) seemed too long. (The huge battle sequences were probably too long too, but that was okay.) Some have complained that the movie has too many endings (there was an audible groan from the audience around the time the third “ending” gave way to the fourth), and I think they have a point. (Still, I think the book has even longer epilogue than the movie.) That’s all I can say without giving plot points away to the uninitiated, but the bottom line is: good movie, but less might have been more.

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5 comments on “Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

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