Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
There were many annoying flaws in the third Lord of the Rings film, Return of the
King. And like the second
film, the Two Towers, it was an
(Warning, includes spoilers)
Return of the King
The third film had almost as many flaws as the second film:
- The film suffered from having too many extended endings - something I
think everyone who saw the film will agree with. One of the endings include images of a short, old Bilbo having
a bad prosthetic makeup day (and suffering from bad green-screening?).
- In the film, the ghosts from the paths of the dead were cleansed Minas
Tirith rather than Gondor, as in the book. They appeared too effective. In the book
they allowed Aragorn to sail to the aid of Minas Tirith with a human army,
where there was still work to be done. In the film, the green host
worked its way easily through the armies of Sauron. If they can
destroy an army that easily, why can't Aragorn just send them into Mordor?
- Faramir returning as the only survivor from Osgiliath was another
departure from the book - where he returns amongst a handful of survivors,
bringing up the rear. It was just too dramatic that he was the only survivor,
dragged by his horse.
- When the Black rider departs from Minas Morgul, there is a pointless
display of computer graphics: an spinning column of light rises from the
- The earthquake at the Gates of Morgul was overplayed, another instance
graphics were over the top. In the book, the gates fall, and
the Orcs scatter in fear.
- Minas Tirith appears to have a spaceport on top of it. Every time I
saw the nicely flattened top I expected a Harkonnen transporter from the film Dune to
descend and land.
- The film missed the opportunity of Gandalf talking with Saruman, and
having a Palantir thrown at him. Possibly wisely, the film gave up on
having Sharkey terrorise the Shire though.
- Denethor's gluttony was unnecessary, and for me, cringingly bad. Is
it not enough to have the character have a cloud of doom hanging over him?
- When Sam and Frodo are marooned on an island surrounded by lava in the
film, it appears unrealistic. With the noxious gasses
from the lava flow they would have been dead and possibly crisped in
Hopefully, the extended edition will right some of these wrongs.
Again, there are events that were not in the book and added a little to the
film, such as Legolas bringing down an Oliphant. It wasn't particularly
well done, and was fairly clearly done mostly with computer graphics (think
There were elements that were memorable, such as the charge of Theoden
against the Sauron's troops, which was visually spectacular and quite involving.
You may be interested in my criticisms of the second film, Lord
of the Rings, The Two Towers.
If you were looking to buy a DVD of either "The Fellowship of the Ring",
"The Two Towers" or "Return of the King" in the UK, I'd suggest a comparison at Kelkoo
(taken from my pages on shopping and price
comparison sites). The non-extended editions should be available for less than 10UKP.
If I were looking for one of the books, I'd try Kelkoo
or another price
Outside the UK, I'd try an international
price comparison site.