Wednesday, January 21, 2004

My Preciousssss
The whole family had lunch at Kaya Restaurant, Glorieta.
At 2pm, we watched The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.
Cinema 3 of Glorieta 4. Reserved Seating. P140/each.
But worth every single centavo for a thrilling 3 hours and 20 minutes.

I liked this installment of the trilogy, the most.
1. I marveled at the intense battle scene at Minas Tirith, the capital city of Gondor. It featured flying dragons, prehistoric elephants, huge army of menacing Orcs, trolls and large eagles. The entry of the ghost army from the ships to join the weary warriors to fight the evil forces gave me goose bumps.

2. I liked the camaraderie between the grumpy Gimli, the acrobatic Legolas, the wise Gandalf, the prudent Aragorn and the joyous hobbits.

3. The multiplicity of the supporting characters such as Theoden, the courageous King of Rohan; Faramir, the least favored son of Denethor, the demented stewart of Gondor and Eowyn, lady of Rohan who can really kick ass - really shining through. Of course Merry, the ever cautious hobbit and his mischievous friend, Pippin Took.

4. The breathtaking scenery of New Zealand which served as an excellent
backdrop for Middle Earth. Especially the part where one by one the beacons were lit to signal the start of the war.

5. Sam Gamgee, my favorite character. His dedication and fierce loyalty to his master, Mr Frodo was heart warming. Ever so brave and always saving Frodo's ass. The scene where he fought the giant spider was applaudable.

6. I admired Frodo's tiring quest to destroy the ring despite all the obstacles and also battling with his inner self not to fall into temptation.

7. I pitied Smeagol's struggle as Gollum. Although I was never sympathetic to his conniving nature.

8. The musical score that accompanied each scene was haunting. The deafening shrieks of the dragons, the loud bullhorn of the armies, the macabre sounds of the evil forces to the ethereal music of the Shire.

9. Arwen's determination to become a mortal just to be with Aragorn, the man who holds her heart. True love conquers all.

10. The coronation of Aragorn as the King of Gondor was spectacular. Peace finally coming to Middle Earth and the dominion of Men restored.

My reasons why this movie was pure entertainment is endless.
But in essence, it was a fitting grand finale to a classic saga.

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