5 October 2015

Lord of the Rings - The Return of the Kings

The Lord of the Rings – The Return of the Kings 2003
  • Director: Peter Jackson
  • Based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Cast: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett, Bernard Hill, Viggo Mortenson, Sean Bean, Sean Astin, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Miranda Otto, Liv Tyler, Robyn Malcolm
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in (most of them were in the Hobbit/Rings movies too):
    • Elijah Wood – The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Everything is Illuminated, Paris je t’aime, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Black and White, The Ice Storm
    • Ian McKellen – Vicious, King Lear, Extras, Lord of the Rings, X-Men, David Copperfield, Richard III, Cold Comfort Farm, Six Degrees of Separation, The Ballad of Little Jo, Macbeth, Othello
    • Cate Blanchett – Robin Hood, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, I’m Not There, Notes on a Scandal, Babel, Little Fish, The Aviator, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Heaven, The Shipping News, The Gift, The Man Who Cried, Elizabeth, Elizabeth the Golden Age
    • Orlando Bloom – the Pirates of the Caribbean films, Extras, Troy, The Lord of the Rings triolgy, Ned Kelly, Wilde
    • Bernard Hill – Wolf Hall, Valkyria, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Titanic, Shirley Valentine, Henry VI Parts 1, 2 and 3, Richard III, Gandhi, I Claudius
    • Sean Bean – The Lord of the Rings trilogy, North Country, The Island, Troy, Golden Eye, Equilibrium, Stormy Monday
    • Viggo Mortenson - The Road, A History of Violence, Hidalgo, Lord of the Rings, Twenty-Eight Days, A Perfect Murder, Carlito’s Way, The Indian Runner, Witness, Ruby Cairo
    • Billy Boyd – on stage at the Globe in Macbeth, Stone of Destiny, The Lord of the Rings trilogy
    • Liv Tyler – Lonesome Jim, The Lord of the Rings trilogy
    • Miranda Otto – The War of the Worlds, The Thin Red Line
    • John Noble – Fringe
    • Brett McKenzie - The Flight of the Conchords
  • Why? Continuing the 6-part marathon
  • Seen: Once before. Now 6 September 2015 

      As before there are impressively beautiful landscapes, some spooky scenery, confusing battles, muddled questions of honour and all that, nasty orcs and pretty horses, fantastic cities and macho heroes. It’s very convenient that all the bad guys are so ugly and the good guys so handsome, otherwise I wouldn’t know who to cheer for.
It’s a surprise to see Fringe’s kindly Walter here as the nasty, power-mad and cowardly steward. Billy Boyd, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortenson and Orlando Bloom are always a pleasure to behold.
The film is tediously boring at times, far too long again and as pretentious as ever, but it is often dramatic, scary and spectacular.
It’s nowhere close to Harry Potter or Merlin but it’s likable in its way.

2 3/4* of 5

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