Movie The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

The best of the three movies. I have yet to read Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.


I read up on what part Bret McKenzie plays in Return of the King for the viewing of Return of the King. I don't remember any of the extended scenes, and so I believe this was my first time watching the extended version of Return of the King.

I definitely enjoyed watching the scenes with Shelob on the big screen. Many other action packed scenes were also good. Some scenes I actually didn't enjoy. Maybe Josh's opinion of the extended movie influenced me. I believe his opinion was that while the original movies get better with each movie, the extended movies get worse.

The remainder of this day's entry (20110628) is a mild rant of the excessive clapping that took place during the movie.

The annoying thing about this viewing was we sat right behind a row of people who clapped at many of the scenes throughout the movie. It didn't happen during the first and second movies, only during the credits of the second movie. Which was so-so disappointing, because I do enjoy listening to the music. But literally, every scene that could be clapped at got clapped at by the group in front of us. Even scenes that couldn't be clapped at, you'd hear one particular person from their group, perhaps the leader of the clappers, give these single weak claps to try and get his group clapping. I'm thinking in my head, "You're a jerk." I was gearing up to throw popcorn at him or say something like "That scene isn't even worth clapping for!" However, I resisted.

During the credits, just the leader clapped. The woman to my right, who occasionally joined in on some of the claps during the movie, had some sort of change of heart and told the leader to stop clapping. He tried to defend himself and retorted that was his way of showing he enjoyed the movie. She was quick to tell him she doubted his clapping had such intentions.

I don't mind if a scene is worth clapping for, but the clapping during this viewing was annoying. I would be more inclined to openly voicing my opinion should a similar situation occur in the future. A friend of mine mentioned such moments are more likely to occur during a reshowing.

On an unrelated note, I had a great soda combination (Coca-Cola Freestyle): about 90% Coca-Cola Lime and 10% Peach Fanta. Excellent.

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Released 20031217.
Watched 20040118 Theatre. Metro Pointe [LOTR 3] 11:45am $7.00
Watched many other times on DVD.
Watched 20110628 Theatre. Irvine 21 [LOTR: RETURN] 7:00PM $12.50 (Extended)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) Peter Jackson. 201 min. [botnotsn (1955) by J. R. R. Tolkien]

Relevant Links:
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (
My Movie The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings (2001) post
My Movie The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) post
My Movie The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) post

This is one of my favorite HISHE (How It Should Have Ended) videos.

"Could you imagined what'd it be like if we walked all the way?" Hahahahaha.