More Return of the King 5 comments

Gregory at Planet Swank reviews his viewing of Return of the King here. It makes me more eager to see it.
Unhappily, I will probably have to wait until the interlude between xmas and new years.
But, I can tell you in advance that I will be disappointed by the apparent return to a quiet Shire. In the books I was at first shocked by the Harrowing of the Shire, though it was well foreshadowed, and then realized that this was both a necessary and the capstone event for the Hobbits. It demonstrated that our little friends had indeed learned from and grown as a result of their experiences and that there was some hope that the Shire, in some form, would survive in a world now permanently changed.
I can only hope that the extended version puts this back in.
Normally I avoid reading posts related to something I planned to read or view unless they are clearly marked as containing no spoilers. For many of us who have read the 4 books (the Trilogy stands on the shoulders of The Hobbit) the only spoilers have to do with what is changed from the original and I’d almost rather know about these in advance.
However, there is one possible spoiler that I’ll try to avoid. If for some reason Jackson left out the scene at the end depicting the sailing of the elves et al at the end and I find out about it I just might choose to wait a really long time to see this one. That scene, reinforced through many readings, carries for me the full emotional weight of the series and emphasizes by having them physically depart from the land that the times, they have changed.
Note, I won’t read any comments to this post until after I have seen the movie.
Update(later on 12/18): Scott at The Gamer’s Nook has an extensive commentary including a lot of scene by scene detail. Maybe I’ll have to figure out how to see this sooner then after Xmas.
But, damn, Scott also says that Jackson did not film the Scouring of the Shire. How could he do so magnificently on the rest and, in my opinion, fail so terribly with that. Even if it was never to make it to the big screen……
And another update (12/18):: Stumpjumper also liked the movie

I was totally engrossed for the entire three and a half hours. I could write a really long review explaining in great detail all of the reasons why this is the best movie to have been released in a very long time. I won’t bore you. Just take my word for it: this movie is everything that you could want. Every member of the cast and crew surpasses his/her previous efforts. Every second of footage is mersmerizing. Every word of dialog is perfect. Forget the other trilogies. Go see this movie. Now.

And, via Jaquandar, Greywalker has her review here. Her thoughts on the missing Scouring:

And yes, you did hear correctly: there is no Scouring of the Shire. My disappointment about this major change to the story runs very deep. I’ve heard the reasons for it. I accept that Jackson and his fellow script writers chose to interpret the story this way. I just think the interpretation is wrong. The hobbits returning and discovering that evil has reached its long arm all the way back to the Shire and must be vanquished on their home turf is an essential element of what Tolkien was trying to communicate.

Yep, will have to get to this soon….
Jacob Levy thinks ROTK is damn brilliant.

5 thoughts on “More Return of the King

  • Steve

    “I never read the books [hangs head in shame]”
    Then I think your review might just carry a little more weight then you suspect.
    The folks who have read the books, once to n times, will mostly really like the movies and spend time nitpicking the differences from book to movie (I’m already doing it re ROTK and I haven’t even seen it yet).
    The bigger test of ROTK and the trilogy as a whole will be the evaluations of folks who have not read the books and, thus, seeing the movies without a Tolkien filter.

  • Simon Rock

    I seen the movie and i thought it was brillant.Two of my friends had already seen it and told me it was brillant and they were right.I had seen the fellowship of the ring and the two towers so i really wanted to see th return of the king out of all three the return of the king was the best.

  • Micah Blake

    I have read the books and seen all three movies, and I love all of it. I love to see Jackson’s interpretations of what he feels by reading the books. Clearly, leaving out the Scouring of the Shire was a mistake, and certainly from my point of view a bummer. Nevertheless, I love the movie to death. I’ve never seen something so perfect. Everything clicked into place, causing watching it to be overwhelming. I loved it.

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