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Aragorn is revealed as the heir to the ancient kings as he, Gandalf and the other members of the broken fellowship struggle to save Gondor from Sauron's forces. Meanwhile, Frodo and Sam take the ring closer to the heart of Mordor, the dark lord's realm.
The extended edition is pretty damn long, but it's never boring.. and even after 4 fucking hours you feel sorry for its ending. A trully magic and epic masterpiece!
Nearly 10 years on and I think it's safe to say this is an unparallelled masterpiece of fantasy film making and one of the best films ever. The effects and spectacle are stirring and devastating for sure, the second half just rockets, but that's not why this film ages so well - the acting is across the board excellent (special note to Sean Astin and Andy Serkis), the production design is ornate and detailed (I particularly like the colour grading), and of course the score - my God, the score - is just sheer magic. There are plenty of moments that just leave you gasping, chilled, deeply moved, booing, laughing, cheering, even crying. The tone is powerful, dark, and demands the audience's attention fully over 4 hours, despite what some might (incorrectly) see as pompousness and overuse of tropes: this series ultimately triumphs as a deep and mature meditation on the evils of industry, friendship through trial, accepting mortality in the face of staggering odds, and the triumph of the human spirit over negative base instincts. It also served as a work that helped push fantasy into much greater social acceptability. The source material still rides above it in a few key sections (namely that the acrid stench of villainy is truly given its due in written form), but overall this is a majestic and crowdpleasing work, and a labour of love that will still take some time to top in its field. The extended-cut DVD trilogy requires sequential viewing over the course of a day, as has become commonplace for many, and should take pride of place in any movie fan's collection. "Hail the victorious dead!"
"I am no man."
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