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Return of the King

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The Lord of the Rings trilogy of movies is one of the best trilogies ever made. I'm just back from seeing the third movie, and I have a few spoilerish observations. (Some may also refer to events in the book, but probably won't be spoilers if you've seen the movie.)

I haven't finished reading the books, but I did look up some important passages.

(show) I thought the destruction of the ring in the movie is actually better than the equivalent part of the book. (I did find and read the paragraphs where the ring was destroyed, but if there were flashbacks to it later I haven't read them.)

In the book, the ring is destroyed when Gollum falls into the fires of Mount Doom. He falls, saying Precious one last time, poof, and it's gone.

In the movie, the ring actually floats on the surface of the lava for a while, until (and this is just my impression from watching the movie once) Frodo finally gives up on getting it back. Only by rejecting it can he destroy it and free himself from its power.

I liked that the ending song of the movie was in English, where the ending songs of the last two movies were in Elvish. It seems to me to be appropriate to the dawning of the fourth age, the age of Man.

That's it for now. I can't recommend this movie, and this series, too highly.

- Tom | permalink | changelog | Last updated: 2003-12-21 00:47

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