Having absolute loved Oldboy, I was shocked to discover my disappointment in the remaining films of the Vengeance trilogy. With Lady Vengeance in particular, I can’t believe how messy it was. The film frankly has no care for structure and seems to go for non-linear storytelling, even when there’s no real reason to (*cough*, Christopher Nolan). Furthermore, the antagonist for this film is set up so clumsily that I soon felt like I was merely watching a series of events to simply…
For a film that sets up what could be an interesting plot, I was surprised how quickly it became a nothing movie. There is a threadbare amount of character development, and practically no progression to keep the audience engaged. It has its moments of interest, but that’s not enough to save the lacklustre direction and empty writing.
Why does the character of Jess even exist in this movie? He adds nothing to the film. He clearly exists as an attempt…
The Theatrical Cut
This is it. The pay-off to the greatest trilogy of all time. The Return of the King is the best entry out of this terrific set of films. It is not only the most action-packed, but also arguably the most emotional, bringing together all the plot points set up from The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers and concluding them all excellently. There is not a stone left unturned, even through all the chaos and blood and tears. It is the ultimate conclusion; pure, unmatched perfection in filmmaking.