Sons of Gondor! Of Rohan! My brothers. I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me!
A day may come when the
courage of Men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship,
But it is not this day!
An hour of wolves and shattered shields when the Age
of Men comes crashing down,
But it is not this day!!
This day we fight!!!
that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand!
Men of the WEST!
(Translation: Return of the King is Ten Years Old)
It was emotional, it was stupendous, it swept the Oscars.
The film version of The Return of the King was an amazing experience, and was nearly perfect. Well, the theatrical version left out one of the most important scenes and I can't even watch it anymore, but with that scene ("The Voice of Saruman" to be specific) in the Extended Edition, that is my clear favorite installment of the Lord of the Rings films and second only to the first Hobbit in Jackson's Middle-Earth Saga thus far.
Everything was wrapped up so nicely. I didn't think it had too many endings. If anything, it didn't have enough. But I know I'm the minority here.
If everyone brought their A-games to the other two pictures, this was the A+ game. Tears may have been shed the first viewing or two.
There's not much more I can gush about this film that I can't say about the other four, except for one thing: The Credits.
The end credits for Return of the King are some of my favorites, simply because of the cast list where concept artist Alan Lee did nearly photorealistic sketches of the cast from screenshots - so good that it almost looks like merely a filter, but it's not. I've imagined how it may look if other films used the same thing.
In fact, that's where you come in, my dear readers. If there are any artists among you that feel they could replicate the style of these credits, I'd like to enlist your help with a little project...simply use the new contact form beside the blogroll if you're interested.