Return of the King

Yesterday we finally got to see The Return of the King.

Generally, I was very pleased. I didn't feel there to be a gaping Christopher Lee shaped hole in the film, though it'll be nice when he's back in the extended cut. I was a bit disappointed that the Scouring of the Shire was cut, but I can see why it was cut.

The film is spectacular in it's scope and depth, though some SFX didn't quite work for me. There is a scene where the hobbits are reunited and they are bowed to by the population of Gondor. The hobbits don't feel to be a part of their landscape in the same way that they usually do. Similarly when Legolas climbed up onto the Oliphaunt that screamed CG almost as much as Spiderman did swinging through the city.

These moments are few and far between, most of the CG is so well done that it fades, it's a shame that a few examples do stand out.

The battle at Minis Tirith is incredible, the Riders of Rohan crashing into the Orc army is a sight to behold.

Overall, the trilogy has to be one of the best epics of all time - with Two Towers being my favourite of the three. I think that's because I like films that finish in a darker place.

Now it's Kill Bill Vol 2 to look forward to....