Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

End of Trilogy Worth Waiting For

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

End of Trilogy Worth Waiting For

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The lord of the rings: the return of the king (Cert 12, 192 mins, Entertainment In Video, Action/Drama/Thriller/ Romance/Comedy, also available to buy DVD pounds 27.99/DVD trilogy box set pounds 49.99, VHS pounds 12.99)

Starring: Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, John Rhys-Davies, Liv Tyler, Cate Blanchett, Bernard Hill, Hugo Weaving, Miranda Otto, Karl Urban, David Wenham, Brad Dourif, John Noble, and the voice of Andy Serkis

All good things must come to an end. And so it is with Peter Jackson's wildly imaginative and boundlessly thrilling adaptation of JRR Tolkien's The Lord Of The Rings trilogy. Frodo (Wood) and loyal friend Sam (Astin) are fast approaching Mount Doom, guided by the mysterious Gollum (voiced by Serkis). Far away, Pippin's (Boyd) curiosity places him in mortal danger and the white wizard Gandalf (McKellen) spirits the Hobbit away to the once great stronghold of Minas Tirith. Aragorn (Mortensen), Legolas (Bloom), the fiery-tempered dwarf Gimli (Rhys-Davies) and Merry (Monaghan) offer themselves into the service of King Theoden (Hill) in the coming battle.

Aided by his strong-willed niece Eowyn (Otto) and nephew Eomer (Urban), the Rohan king calls his people to arms. And so the final battle begins... The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King is a tour de force of elegant story-telling, masterful special effects and intensely moving drama.

The sets, costumes and art direction are impeccable, seamlessly interwoven into the computer-generated landscapes, which bring Middle-Earth so richly to life. Action sequences attain dizzy new heights, including Frodo's heart-stopping encounter with Shelob and the earth-shattering final confrontation. For all of the bombast and spectacle, The Return Of The King is a deeply human drama, borne out by intense performances from the ensemble cast.

Towering above them all is Astin's unforgettable turn as Sam, who comes into his own in this final installment, gathering new found strength to ensure his best friend Frodo's safe passage. As the story enters its final chapter, Jackson, like Frodo, finds it almost impossible to bid farewell to The Ring and he orchestrates half a dozen curtain call scenes, one after the next, to bid adieu to the remaining members of the Fellowship. …

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