15 March 2008

The Lord Of The Rings
The Return Of The King (director's cut)

The Return Of The King
The Return Of The King is the third film in Peter Jackson's trilogy The Lord Of The Rings. I saw the extended version, which is almost an hour longer than the theatrical version. This third film is more satisfying than the second, The Two Towers, perhaps because the battle of Gondor (in this film) has more narrative significance than the battle of Helm's Deep (in the second film). In retrospect, the substantial time devoted to Helm's Deep now seems more like an excuse for dramatic tension in the second film rather than an integral episode in the overall narrative. It's nice to return to bucolic Hobbiton at the end, a place which (as in the first film, The Fellowship Of The Ring) resembles Teletubbyland!