The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)





Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Andy Serkis, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Bernard Hill, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Hugo Weaving, Liv Tyler, Miranda Otto, David Wenham, Karl Urban, John Noble, Ian Holm, Sean Bean, Marton Csokas, Lawrence Makoare, Thomas Robins


While Frodo (Elijah Wood) and Sam (Sean Astin) continue to approach Mount Doom to destroy the Ring, unaware of the path Gollum (Andy Serkis) is leading them, Gandalf (Ian McKellen), Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), Legolas (Orlando Bloom), Gimli (John Rhys-Davies), Pippin (Billy Boyd) and Merry (Dominic Monaghan) aid Rohan and Gondor in a great battle.


The final film of the Lord of the Rings trilogy certainly doesn't disappoint like some other trilogies - Matrix, X-Men.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is a glorious and thrilling final chapter. The film is full of emotions, ranging from astonishment to disgust, from funny moments to moving ones, and will keep the viewer on the edge of the seat for the whole time.

The film is stuffed with unforgettable landscapes - thank you, New Zealand -, memorable scenes - the battle at Minas Tirith was wonderfully made -, outstanding music, and stunning visual effects. However, the action is not all, and several factors steal the scene: the strong bond of friendship between Frodo and Sam, and Pippin and Merry, the improbable friendship between an elf and a dwarf, and love, for which Arwen gives up her immortality.

The performances are good, among which Viggo Mortensen's as Aragorn and Sean Astin's as Samwise stand out. Ian McKellen doesn't have much space, still he delivers. Orlando Bloom doesn't have a real chance to show off his acting skills. John Rhys-Davies keeps on doing great with Gimli. The only flaw is Elijah Wood's performance: he is stucked with the same facial expression for the whole film.


Gimli: Never thought I'd die fighting side by side with an Elf.
Legolas: What about side by side with a friend?
Gimli: Aye. I could do that.

Aragorn: Hold your ground, hold your ground! Sons of Gondor, of Rohan, my brothers! I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of wolves and shattered shields, when the age of men comes crashing down! But it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you *stand, Men of the West!*




  1. This is my fave of the franchise, Hobbit flicks included.

    1. I haven't seen the Hobbit trilogy yet but this will be forever my favorite

  2. I love the trilogy! As well as the Hobbit trilogy! I can quote all three Lord of the Rings movies by heart! Glad you liked the movie as well! :)

    Stephanie |

    1. I really love the trilogy. I haven't see the Hobbit's yet, but I'm sure I'm going to like them as well