Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Name: The Lord Of The Rings 3: The Return Of The King
Year: 2003
Rating: PG-13
Running Time (minutes): 201
Description: While Frodo & Sam continue to approach Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring, unaware of the path Gollum is leading them, the former Fellowship aid Rohan & Gondor in a great battle in the Pelennor Fields, Minas Tirith and the Black Gates as Sauron wages his last war against Middle-Earth.
2003 Oscar Best Picture Winner
Stars: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen and Ian McKellen
Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama

Some random thoughts:
1. Is it my imagination, or was this score horribly mistreated in the film? It all felt so raw and chopped up. Especially the first half of the film contains too many unscored scenes.
2. Why does Shore always start distorting/changing/getting very creative with his themes after having done the exact opposite with them during the previous entry? For instance, Rohan receives excellent variations throughout this entire score, but not in The Two Towers. The score is still my least favourite, though there are still plenty of moments filled with Middle Earth greatness (yeah, you take that, Desolation of Smaug and Battle of the Five Armies) and satisfying thematic continuity and conclusions (also take that, The Hobbit), though I still want more Nazgul choir à la Fellowship of the Ring, no matter all Doug Adams’ explanations for its absence. Oh, and if you’re looking for a nice moment to stop the film and take a little break, do it just before the epic Ringwraiths choir kicks in during the Siege of Gondor. Works splendidly.
3. Why are Frodo and Bilbo leaving the Shire? Are they going to some sort of paradise or is it supposed to be a euphemism for suicide/dying or… what is it?
4. Wen are we getting a sequel about Sam and Rosie’s children?
5. And is it me, or do the Mordor armies chant ‘Azog!’ at one point?
6. I really like the ‘long has he foreseen this doom’ guy in Gondor and loved Gollum as he finally acquired the Ring.
7. Shelob’s sound effects are masterful and Pippin is annoying when he shouts/screams.
8. Talking about shouting, why haven’t I turned off Annie Lennox’s song yet?
9. Aragorn’s voice still irritates me a bit as well and he has severe problems pronouncing ‘Mordor’ and ‘Isildur’s’.
10. And a very special thank you to Legolas for explaining what a diversion is. What a dumb moment. I mean, what was the point, to teach the populace the meaning of the word ‘diversion’ or to explain them one final time what the plan was to make sure they got it?

The overall volume and surround sound was really extraordinary this time, even scary at times. At other times, there was still a ridiculous focus on the choir, while at other moments you could hardly hear the music at all and the track had some distortion again. Other than that a great film.



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