Monday Movie Retrospective

October 3, 2016


Sweeping Epic. Sweeping Score. Sweeping Visuals. Sweeping Violence.

From almost the initial scene, Lord of the Rings: Return of the King is extraordinarily violent.

I was re-watching this modern classic, and was captured, spellbound by the exceptional and exhausting string of violent depictions. It is amazing and almost horrifying. The director, Peter Jackson, should be lauded for, among many, many other things, his ability to display massive amounts of violence and carnage without the gore and squick that is normally associated with such a high level of violence.

I dare to compare Peter Jackson with the classic maker of biblical epics, Cecil B. DeMille.

The previous two Lord of the Rings films had set up everything, so this last movie in the modern classic trilogy is complete payoff. Everything comes to a head. All the characters are decided. They all have had their character moments and are now cogs in the machine of destruction. Somehow, Pete Jackson managed to add even more character moments into this movie, amongst scenes of devastation and devastating violence. Kapow and Zing!

The Return of the King is a great movie, and certainly exciting enough for any action fan.