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Issue: 2003

Lord of the Rings: Return of the King movie review

The latest episode of the classic fantasy trilogy, The Return of the King is the third film in the series, produced together, by New Zealand based film-makers.

There is not disputing that a lot of time, effort and money has gone into making this boys-own adventure. The special effects, cinematography, and design are amazing, but this doesn't make up for the fact that despite reducing a whole novel to feature-film length, this film is long-winded. It drags its feet.

This is a film for a particular audience. You have to like to watch people travel through strange places then fight a lot. It's pretty, it's popular, but ultimately, it's fluff.

Movie poster, Lord of the Rings Return of the King; Festivale film review

Movie poster, Lord of the Rings Return of the King
The eye of the enemy is moving.

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by Ali Kayn
Due for Australian release 26 December 2003
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Title: Lord of the Rings Return of the King (2003)
Written by: J.R.R. Tolkien (novel "The Return of the King"), Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson (screenplay)
Directed by: Peter Jackson
running time: 201 min
rating: M

The Players: Sean Astin, Sean Bean, Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, Ian Holm, Ian McKellen

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