run time: 201 mins
considered: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
starring: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchette, John Rhys-Davies, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Sean Bean, Ian Holm, Andy Serkis, Bernard Hill, Karl Urban, Bruce Hopkins, John Noble, Miranda Otto
movie summary: Gandalf and Aragon led the World of Men against Sauron’s army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring. (www.imdb.com)
In the previous film, The Two Towers, the evil Saruman the White (Christopher Lee) was defeated by an army of humans and trees led by Aragon (Viggo Mortensen), Legolas (Orlando Bloom), Gimli (John Rhys-Davies), Théoden (Bernard Hill), Gamling (Bruce Hopkins), Eomer (Karl Urban), Merry (Dominic Monaghan), Pippin (Billy Boyd), and Treebeard. The Dark Lord Sauron may have lost his human leader of his Orc army, but the Nazgûl army continue to grow and continue their domination of Middle-Earth. Frodo, Sam, and Gollum are also closer to their final destination, Mount Doom, but have encountered a whole lot of problems and set backs along the way.
After the battle, most of the fellowship end up in Edoras, which is in Rohan, when they figured out Sauron is sending all his creatures to Minas Tirith to defeat the humans. Gandalf the White (Ian McKellen) knows that these first battles was on the beginning and begs for help from Denethor (John Noble), Steward of Gondor, who brushes him off. Pippin then sneaks past the guards and lights the distress beacons to send a message to Théoden and Aragon to prepare the Rohirrim for war. Elrond (Hugo Weaving) appears and informs Aragon that with the sword of Andúril he must go meet with the Army of the Dead, who owe their allegiance to the heir of Isildur (Aragon), for help.
The evil Orc armies reach Minas Tirith where they seem to control the battlefield. The Witch-King is out for total destruction and is about to put an end to the siege when the Rohirrim armies show up and send the Orcs retreating. After a brief moment of relief the Orc army is back with Haradrim warriors and their monstrous elephants. The human armies are pushed back on their heels, while Merry and Éowyn (Miranda Otto) are able to kill the Witch-King which just pisses off the Orcs even more. Aragon, Legolas, and Gimli arrive with the Army of the Dead to slay any and all Orcs.
After the war of wars is ended with good conquering evil, Aragon rushes his troops to the gates of Mordor which is a tactical diversion so that Frodo, Sam, and Gollum can enter into Mordor and climb Mount Doom. Unaware of the war that has raged on for them to climb the mountain, Frodo and Sam have a huge fight when Frodo is in a bad mood because of the One Ring’s powers. He tells Sam he doesn’t need him and that he should go home. When he continues down the trail, Frodo is captured by a giant spider and then a group Orcs before Sam reappears and rescues him. Gollum has been lurking in the shadows the whole time waiting for his moment to kill Frodo and take back the ring.
At this point in the journey Frodo is so weak that Sam has to carry him up the mountain to destroy the ring. Inside the lava spewing mountain Frodo has a hard time throwing the ring into the fire pit when Gollum attacks and tries to take it back. After a lengthy struggle Gollum gets the ring only to fall into the lava destroying the ring. Frodo and Sam now must rush out of the core of the mountain because it is going to blow. Outside Mordor crumbles and all the evil armies disappear. The good forces lead by humans, hobbits, dwarfs, elves, and trees had overcome all the evil in the world and finally there was an opportunity for peace in Middle-Earth.
my thoughts: The third film in this blockbuster franchise was the best of the series. In the previous movies it was teased that the war to end all wars was coming with numerous battles, and when everything finally broke loose and the fighting began lots of humans and creatures lost their life. There were so many new places to defend and thousands of troops came out of nowhere, which also seem to apply to the evil army too.
The good forces needed a leader, someone with a rich history and royal bloodline, which left Aragon to step up and save Middle-Earth. When I watched the first and second movie never would I have imagined that Viggo Mortensen would be the human hero of this whole saga. Don’t get me wrong, he earned it by sacrificing himself numerous times and going to dark places to get the resources he needed to win, I just didn’t see him being the King. As much as Frodo is the ultimate hero of everything for his bravery to carry the ring and nearly die like 18 times on the quest to destroy the ring, Middle-Earth would have never been saved it wasn’t for the team effort of everyone. Every team needs a captain and assistant captains which would have been Aragon, Frodo, and Gandalf.
I wonder where J.R.R. Tolkien got the idea to create a Middle-Earth and write a long story about good conquering evil. It took some time but I am now a fan of this action-packed adventure series. The characters he imagined are very unique and creative. All of them have their own unique backgrounds and despite their differences come together for the greater good. He created characters we can all related to on some level or another and root for to win. There’s a little bit of Aragon, Frodo, Sam, Gandalf, Legolas, Gimli, Merry, and Pippin in all of us and we would all serve those kind of roles if such an epic adventure ever really took place.
my rating: 9 out 10