So here we are, the last of the trilogy and the weightiest, both in terms of what it has to deliver (the tying up of many storylines) and its sheer length – the extended version clocks in at just under 4 hours.

Again no synopsis – if you don’t know what’s happening by now then where have you been? The cast is also very much as before.

What I loved about this movie = “Something stirs in the east”; “There’s no more stars. Is it time?”; the Witch King of Angmar; Grond; “The age of men is over. The age of the orc has begun”; Shelob; “I am no man”; “Certainty of death. Small chance of success. What are we waiting for?”; “You bow to no-one”

Any quibbles? Actually all of the minor problems I had with the theatrical version were addressed in the extended one, especially as we get to see the realtionship between Faramir and Eowyn develop. I never minded the multiple endings as they accurately reflect what happens in the book.

Rating stuff = only suitable for those over 12

Tissue count = well into the dozens again, not centred on one event this time; the last 15 minutes were pretty solidly tearful

Safety cushion = not required

This has been a really fun thing to do; watching all three films so close together just brings home what an extraordinary achievement they are.

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