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The journey ends


AT LAST a film with an ending. The first two parts of `The Lord of the Rings' trilogy -- The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers -- had endings which left audience quite disoriented. The reason for this is that the journey of Frodo Baggins, who has to throw the ring being hunted by the evil overlord, Sauron, in the fires of mount boom, continued. The third and final part of the Tolkien saga `The Return of the King' has hit the silver screen in the city and is running to packed houses.

Starring Sean Astin, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen (Aragon), Elijah Wood (Frodo Baggins) the film is spectacular even compared to the two earlier parts. After the galloping intelligence displayed in the first two parts, your fear may be that director Peter Jackson would become cautious and unimaginative with the last episode of his trilogy. But Jackson crushes any such fear. His `King' is a meticulous and huge vision made by a director who was not hamstrung by heavy use of computer special-effects imagery.

The final installment follows the hobbit Frodo, increasingly fevered as the ring exercises the power over him on the last leg of his dangerous journey to Mordor to destroy the sinister object.

The wizard Gandalf(Ian McKellen), in a voice sodden with mellow sadness, believes that Frodo is on suicide mission,-- `there never was much hope, only false hope'. The grandiloquence that sustained the second installment, `The Two Towers' with its martial fury can be found even in the final installment. By it end `King' glides back to the gentle bonhomie that opened the `Ring' movies. The film has won over 40 awards including 11 prestigious academy awards.

G.V. RAMANA RAO

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