Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is a very satisfying finale to the great Lord of the Rings trilogy. This film has great visual effects, acting, action, and story. The war sequences are fantastic. Amid all the action there is a very potent story. There are many things we can learn and takeaway from the story told in The Return of the King. This makes it a great film to watch because you can get so much out of it. Winning eleven Oscars shows that this film was very well critically received, and being number one at the box office in 2003 with $1.1 billion worldwide can reflect it's commercial success. The acting is great as well. Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Liv Tyler, Orlando Bloom, and others all do great in their roles whether big or small. The 201 minute runtime feels short due to the fast clip at which this film moves along, except for the ending. The end sequences tend to drag on a bit long. I say sequences because the film fades to black more than once and then keeps going. It feels like Peter Jackson was unsure on what note to end the epic trilogy on so we got all of the endings. However, they are still good and pack a lot of emotion with them. This is a fun film to watch and is one of the best endings to a trilogy ever. Overall, I give this film a 9/10.