Wow. I can’t even begin to describe the amazing spectacle that is Return of the King. I have never cried so much or so unashamedly in a movie, or been left so totally breathless by any movie in my life. I was completely numb for at least an hour after seeing it, and also hovering between more tears. However, in all honesty, after the initial shock, I felt slightly ‘shortchanged’ with some aspects of the movie. Having accidentally stumbled across some reviews of the movie before seeing it, some of the opinions influenced my viewing. Firstly, I was disappointed with the editing. It felt as though there was barely any dialogue, and the battle scenes were so disjointed and came so quickly that I was wishing some of Peter Jackson’s patented character development could have padded the battles out. The battle of the Pelennor Fields came so fast, and then after it was over, there was one tiny scene before the army marched to the Black Gate to make another war. And Merry was there? Having said that, the battles were fantastic, and Legolas’ battle with the oliphaunt was just amazing. The ride of the Rohirrim had me gasping for air throughout it, literally, I was just breathless at how spectacular it was, it was exactly how I had imagined it.
Another thing that I was disappointed at was the fight with Shelob, and the funny thing is that I don’t know why. I think that it had something to do with the fact that Sam wasn’t there for most of it, that was just downright wrong. To even suggest that Frodo would dismiss Sam was heartbreaking, I’m sure Tolkien would turn in his grave if he knew that Jackson had done that, it should never have happened. And so I suppose I wanted Sam and Frodo to go through Shelob’s tunnel together, as it is one of my favourite scenes from the book. Oh, and this may seem stupid because it was always going to be cut, but why couldn’t we see Eowyn and Faramir fall in love? The whole Aragorn-Eowyn-Arwen love triangle was dismissed in one scene, I was very disappointed by it. Denethor was also disappointing in that he was not portrayed correctly, it was so sad seeing him jump off the edge over the city, should never have happened. The Grey Havens was absolutely perfect, could not have wished it to be any better, I was blubbering like a baby. Mount Doom was a little strange in some areas, but ok I spose. However, this may sound like a bad review but don’t get me wrong I loved it, I just had problems with some areas that will no doubt be corrected once the extended edition comes out. I hope it is as long as necessary, 5 hours or more wouldn’t phase me. The final thing I will say is that after seeing Return of the King, looking back on the series as a whole has proven one thing to me-I am in love with the Lord of the Rings, a love that was brought home by Return of the King. This story is like breathing to me, and I can’t even begin to express my gratitude to Peter Jackson and all the team for creating it in such a beatiful way. Great movie!!!!!!!!!!!