The extended edition of The Return of the King is in theaters for its 20th anniversary and there are still a few days for you to see it in theaters if you’d like! If you haven’t yet, click the following link to check to see where it's playing near you:
The Return of the King 20th Anniversary
I went a few days ago and loved the experience of seeing it on the big screen once again! Though I felt a little like Bilbo—thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread—thinking about it already being twenty years since then! One particular moment of the screening stands out to me and inspired a question I wanted to ask you all:
Question for you all: what was your favorite, funniest, or just most memorable moviegoing experience?
Saw Return of the King today with my 13 y/o daughter who just happened to finish the book 2 days ago. Didn’t know it was playing in theater, such wonderful timing! During the Grond battering ram scene a guy in our row hit his seat to the beat of “Grond! Grond!” It made it feel like there was an actual drum beating, pretty cool special effects 😅.
It always cracks me up when, after Legolas puts in all that effort to down that Mumakil, it shows the the Oathbreakers in the background overrunning one in like 2 seconds lol. I’m just young enough that I wasn’t able to see any of them in theaters, originally, so this was actually my first time seeing any of them on the big screen. Such a delightful time!
One thing I'm confused by is why are they reissuing ROTK now? I mean, the movie was released around Christmas 2003. It's still over half a year until the actual anniversary.
I was a tad young for Lord of the Rings when they came out in theaters, so I missed the theatrical releases of all three movies. And so, when the Hobbit Trilogy came out, I felt like I was getting to participate in something dear to me that I had missed the first time around. Even though the Hobbit films aren't nearly as good as the Lord of the Rings films, it was still special!
Return of the King was actually the first LotR movie I saw. I was 11 and have just read the Hobbit 13 times in a row. My parents were taking my older brother to see RotK and I begged them to take me. It was super close to the premiere, so we got tickets in the second row and the whole movie my mum had to explain to me what is going on and who all these people are. I was so happy to actually see Bilbo at the end 😅
There was one scene that stayed on with me and often quoted it when fighting with my brothers “I am no MAN!” 🤺
I was watching previews before some movie, and there was an ad for a re-showing of Titanic. When Rose said, “I’ll never let go, Jack,” one patron yelled “Liar!”
I can’t narrow my filmgoing experiences down to a single best or most memorable, but one standout is A Room With a View with Helena Bonham Carter. It’s beautiful to look at, funny, well-acted, and well-constructed.