The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King ★★★★½

There’s something about this franchise, and especially this finale, that feels… special. Like, it’s hard to pinpoint it, but there’s something so magical about how it all came together. Maybe it’s because I’ve become a bit more tired of quipped Marvel formula movies lately, maybe it’s because I’ve been waiting so long to see this, maybe it’s because I found out that a version these movies are the favorite movies of my biggest cartoon crush (btw, try and guess who that crush is in the comments. That might be fun.), or maybe it’s because of the fact that this movie is just that good. I’ve been procrastinating on this movie for a while. It was a bit hard to get through the other movies if I’m being honest, and this movie was no exception. I almost fell asleep at times, although it’s probably less to do with the movie itself and more to do with how sleepy I was. I thought I was going to say this movie was overrated like the other two, but somehow, I got super into it. There’s just such a beautiful, operatic grandness to this movie. From the luscious landscapes to the masterful score, it just feels so cinematic the whole time. And somehow, I became attached. I was not only starting to get fully invested in this movie, but started to retroactively love the past events more. It all comes together in such a beautiful way, with friends side by side, comrades staying together until the end, and Samwise Gamgee continuing to be the true hero and legend of this movie with his infectious loyalty. It all stuck with me. Maybe I felt tired and exhausted with these movies because I was supposed to. Because looking back, it felt like I was with them, exhausted, tired, and wanting to go back to the calm peace of the Shire, yet still moving forward, as we know that we must stay determined to not give up, and complete our mission. And once that mission is over, once we have finally achieved that sweet, satisfying victory, it all feels as if it was worth it in the end. And as we come home finally, all weary and tired from this grand journey coming to an end, all joyous to finally be at peace once more, we close the book on this story, knowing that what we have just experienced will be heralded in history as legendary.

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