December 17, 2003

Is Return of the King the perfect movie?

Thankfully, it's far from perfect. That's why I love it.

A perfect movie would wrap everything up in 2.5 hours, would give us a perfectly-timed climax that doesn't last too long, would emphasize the "main" characters while allowing each "supporting" character to step in at just the right time, would comment on just the right social concerns, with just the right degree of gravitas, and would be directed by Steven Spielberg or Ron Howard.

It would win Best Picture for the year, and would be approvingly referenced by all the movie literati and highbrow critics for years to come.

The Return of the King is too good for all of that. It's imperfect in all the ways that make a movie great. Its numerous failings are all inevitable consequences of its stunning successes. Can't fit that one into a tight little box; no sirree, Bob.

Posted by Carey at December 17, 2003 05:57 PM