Lisa and I (and Jim) saw Return of the King on Friday. I’ve seen both the normal and extended versions of the first and second movie, which makes me drool for the extended version of Return of the King. The extended editions flowed much better, and when you’re at home, you can consume them in 2 hour stints.
I personally consider all three parts to be one long movie. And, there is no doubt in my mind, it is the best movie I’ve ever seen. It is so far above and beyond what I’ve seen in the past, that it’s unlikely that it will ever be topped in my lifetime. Peter Jackson should be extremely proud of the justice he did to this story.
This is almost surely the first time I’ve liked a movie better than the original book. Gone is the overly flowery language, the breaking into song every 15 minutes, and the plodding pace. What’s left is the distilled, pure essence of the story, the reason you read beyond the occasional boredom.
It cannot go without saying that the acting choices were absolutely superb, and clearly the directing was very hands on. That hack George Lucas could surely learn a thing (or seventy) from these movies.