Rating: PG-13 for aggressive intensity and violence
Run Time: 3 hours, 20 minutes
As the battle for Middle Earth ensues, the question remains: Is there good in the world worth fighting for?
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The will of
The Ring continues to grow strong, as men and elves alike are swiftly seduced
by its power. While Frodo and Sam
(Elijah Wood and Sean Astin) and their creepily conniving escort Gollum (Andy
Serkis) continue their strenuous journey to the black gate of Mordor’s volcanic
Events are in motion that cannot be undone. The Age of Men appears to be over, replaced by a time of the villainous Orcs, ten thousand of whom stand between the Fellowship and the ultimate destruction of The Ring.
Under the urgent auspices of the great wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen), the broken forces of Gondor reluctantly join forces with King Théoden (Bernard Hill) and his Rohan warriors to battle and destroy the evil Dark Lord Sauron and his malignant battalions.
In light of the deepening darkness a handful of valiant heroes must take their place in the annals of historical fantasy. Stalwart dwarf Gimli (John Rhys-Davies) and the swift-shooting elf Legolas (Orlando Bloom) advance undeterred by terror and bloodshed. The prudent yet powerful Aragorn (Viggo be-still-my-heart Mortensen), heretofore living life ambivalent to his heritage, must accept his royal fate as heir to the throne of Gondor and confront his destiny post-haste by ushering in an era of the dominion of men.
ferocious Battle of Pelennor Fields eclipses The
Only a lengthy film essay could wholly quantify the magnificence of this powerful classic. Highlights are gloriously unrelenting, from rousing images of Aragorn leading the ethereal CG-enhanced Army of the Dead into battle, to halfling Pippin’s (Billy Boyd) startling encounter with the transparent fireball and the fiercely independent Éowyn (Miranda Otto) wielding her mighty sword at a horrific winged serpent and his Ringwraith rider. Moral warfare in the guise of an embittered father/black-sheep son conflict flows blackly beneath the deliberately dark proceedings.
perform with enormous conviction, in particular the devastatingly virile
Mortensen whose valor is the pri
design is a thing of beauty. The City of
The rumors regarding the three-hankie experience are true – I was moved to tears a handful of times; faced with the overpowering emotional scope, the savage loyalty of Sam Gamgee to his master Frodo, and steadfast bravery in the face of doom.
Bravo, Mr. Jackson. Bring on the Oscars.