The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

  • Directed by Peter Jackson
  • Starring Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, Andy Serkis
  • New Zealand | USA | 263mins | 2003 | rated (12A)

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 263m *Extended Version 2020 Re-Issue*

Returning to the big screen this month - almost 20 years since their cinematic journey first began - comes Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings - one of the greatest trilogies in film history, and in it’s extended edition format.

In bringing J.R.R. Tolkien's nearly unfilmable work to the screen, Jackson benefited from extraordinary special effects, evocative New Zealand scenery, and an exceptionally well-chosen cast, but most of all from his own adaptation with co-writers Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, preserving Tolkien's vision and often his very words - whilst making logical changes to accommodate the medium of film.

Winning big at the Oscars (seventeen awards in total, including best picture for Return of the King!) and the box office, it did so for a good reason: it’s utterly epic!

Watching them again, the films still feel perfect, and though there may be some bad jokes, and perfectionists may wish that more of the books made it on screen, the sheer scale that Jackson gets to by the final chapter is one of the great achievements of cinema.