I’m not a movie reviewer, but I know what I like. And I like the final installment of the Lord of the Rings trilogy a lot. In fact, I’m convinced that Peter Jackson has done as fine a job as was humanly possible in transferring J.R.R. Tolkien’s vision from the printed page to the screen.
A couple of observations: I’ve read several reviews that complain about what seem to be multiple endings to the film. I suspect that those complaints come from people who haven’t read the book. Ending the movie with Frodo’s awakening in Minas Tirith might have been the Hollywood formula, but I’m glad Jackson chose to stay as true as possible to the book.
In fact, there might have been at least one more false ending that Jackson chose to cut. The Scouring of the Shire is left out of the movie altogether, and it’s well that he did, or the movie might have stretched another thirty or forty minutes. As it is, Jackson had to give short shrift to some of the major characters at movie’s end–and there are plenty to deal with by the eleventh hour of the Rings trilogy–to keep the film under three and a half hours. I suspect that will be rectified with the extended DVD is released around next August.
Vox Day has a more complete (and much more eloquent) review at WorldNetDaily today. It’s worth a read.