Movie Journal #4: 2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Movie Journal #4: 2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. To avoid spoilers, I’ve decided to not write reviews. Links are to Wikipedia for further information.
- Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins
- Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey
- Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn “Strider” Elessar II
- Sean Astin as Samwise Gamgee
- Andy Serkis as Gollum (voice/motion capture)
- Billy Boyd as Peregrin Took
- Dominic Monaghan as Meriadoc Brandybuck
- John Rhys-Davies as Gimli
- Orlando Bloom as Legolas Greenleaf
- Bernard Hill as Théoden
- Miranda Otto as Éowyn
- David Wenham as Faramir
- Karl Urban as Éomer
- Hugo Weaving as Elrond
- Liv Tyler as Arwen Undómiel
- Cate Blanchett as Galadriel
- John Noble as Denethor
- Ian Holm as Bilbo Baggins
- Sean Bean as Boromir
- Marton Csokas as Celeborn the Wise
- Lawrence Makoare as Witch-King
- Thomas Robins as Déagol Nahald
Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Running Time: 3h 21m
Countries: New Zealand, United States
Directed by: Peter Jackson
Screenplay by: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson
Based on: The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien
Produced by: Barrie M. Osborne, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh
Awakening from a dream of Gandalf fighting the Balrog in Moria, Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee find themselves lost in the Emyn Muil near Mordor and discover they are being tracked by Gollum, a former bearer of the One Ring. Capturing Gollum, Frodo takes pity and allows him to guide them, reminding Sam that they will need The hobbit Sméagol is fishing with his cousin Déagol, who discovers the One Ring in the river. Sméagol's mind is ensnared by the Ring, and he kills his cousin for it. Increasingly corrupted physically and mentally, he retreats into the Misty Mountains and becomes known as Gollum. Centuries later, during the War of the Ring, Gandalf leads Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, and King Théoden of Rohan to Isengard, where they reunite with Merry and Pippin. Gandalf retrieves Saruman's palantír, and the group returns to Edoras to celebrate their victory at Helm's Deep. Pippin looks into the palantír, seeing Sauron and a burning tree. Gandalf deduces that the enemy plans to attack Gondor's capital Minas Tirith; he rides there to warn Gondor's steward Denethor. Pippin, who accompanies him, swears fealty to Denethor, whose now-dead heir Boromir had saved his life; on Gandalf's instruction, he triggers the lighting of the beacons, which call for help from Rohan. Wikipedia
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