Return of the King was, most definitely, the best film of the series.
Although missing a few (*cough*a lot*cough*) of major scenes, they didn’t stand out too much. Cutting scenes is a lot better than mutating them, as in TTT.
It was an emotional movie, having me in tears for half the scenes, i.e., Merry and Pippin’s goodbye, Sam in Cirith Ungol, Merry and Pippin’s reunion, Theden’s death, and a few others that I can’t recall.
But the ending at the Grey Havens was my favourite. It was so sad, a major tear jerker, a bittersweet farewell. I liked Gandalf’s line, “I will not say, do not weep, for not all tears are an evil”. Very satisfying for purists like me.
The absence of the House of Healing stood out like a sore thumb. Neither Merry or Eowyn showed any sign that they had just defeated the Witch King of Angmar.
I loved Aragorn’s coronation, but I think they should have had the jeweled helm from the books instead of a crown that looked as if it had been bought from a toystore. The best part of that scene was the fact that Faramir and Eowyn were standing side by side. I also liked Arwen and Aragorn’s kiss. Wasn’t it sweet? And also how everybody bowed to the hobbits.
The Scouring of the Shire also stood out, or the lack of. But I did like Sam and Rosie’s wedding, and how Sam came back from the Grey Havens to his family (which was admittedly slightly larger than in the books, but hey. I’m (sort of) adaptable.)
Something I noticed was after Eowyn kills the Witch-king, Theoden says, “My time has come” and she says, “No. I’m going to save you,” and he says, “You already did.” That is almost identical to the part at the end of Return of the Jedi when Darth Vader dies. Did anybody else notice that?
I haven’t said half the things I want to say here, but if I did, I’d be here all day. Thanks for reading.