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Starring Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Sean Astin, Andy Serkis, Viggo Morentsen, Dominic Monaghan, Billy Boyd, John Rhys-Davies, Orlando Bloom, Liv Tyler & a thousand others
It had been all leading up to this one. This moment in time where good clashes with evil and the fate of the world (and the awesome characters) is finally decided. Gross monster against weird goodie, legendary (and very handsome) hero against ugly villain, father against son… it all happens here and that’s why it won Best Picture.
You have to watch the first two films to fully experience the highs and lows of this film. It’s awesome. Director Peter Jackson nailed this story with all the incredible special effects, gooney monster and amazing battle scenes. It really feels like the end of the world could come at any moment and all hope could be lost… BUT…
Plot time: A bunch of goodies, including Gandalf (McKellen) join a bunch of good oversized, slow-talking trees at Isengard and then return to Edoras, in Rohan, the home of the famous horsemen. After naughty Pippin (Boyd) looks into the forbidden crystal ball belonging to the evil Sauron, Gandalf deduces that his evilness is planning an attack on the friendly city of Minas Tirith, so he rides with sad old Pip to chat to the Steward of Gondor (John Noble) about defending the city. But the Steward has gone strange and sends his men out to battle the horrible orcs with no back up. Sad days indeed. He refuses to call to Rohan for help via a nifty fire beacon but Pippin disobeys his new master and lights the first one anyway and they start getting ready for battle.
Meanwhile the super handsome hero and soon-t0-be-king Aragorn discovers that his long lost elf love, Arwen (Tyler), is dying and her dad gives our hero a special sword so he can call up the Army of the Dead to help with their battle. As the Rohirrim (they’re the Rohan people) get ready for battle, the King’s daughter Éowyn and the other hobbit, Merry (Monaghan) sneak into their ranks and ride off to battle with the rest of the soldiers.
Meanwhile, the crazy Steward starts burning up his son, believing him to be dead and Gandalf intervenes just in time which results in the Steward’s suicide, “So passes Denethor, son of Ecthelion” (Gandalf). Outside the city walls the battle rages with Orcs, flying dead kings, walking dead kings and over-sized, spiky elephants. The goodies start losing the battle when…
Meanwhile part II, Hobbits Sam (Astin) and Frodo (Wood) are making their way to Mount Doom to destroy the one rings that rules them all. Once this is done, evil will be defeated but it’s not an easy task for these little munchkins. The ring weighs heavily on Frodo and plays with his mind. Then there are the slimy orcs to deal with and the even slimier, sneakier Gollum (Serkis) who desires the ring more than anything else.
Eventually Aragorn leads his army to evil Sauron’s gates and readies themselves for the last battle. The tension rises as people are bitten, turned invisible, thrown into fire, and ultimately destroyed. Despair, joy and sadness reign as the last Lord of the Rings film draws to an emotional end.
This is a brilliant film, hence the 10/10 rating. It takes you on an emotional ride through battles, through disaster and trials of every kind. The special effects are so amazing, you feel that you’re right there sweating along with the rest of the merry gang. It is the ultimate story of good versus evil and the ending is so satisfying that it makes you want to sit through those long movies all over again.
Even if you’re not into fantasy movies, you will enjoy this one. The characters are so loveable and the storyline tantalisingly rich. You will love it!
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