Just finished a showing of Return of the King at Katie's parent's house. Heavens bless a 46-inch flatscreen TV set. It was sweet to watch. I don't have too many comprehensive thoughts about the movie, but I thought I'd do a quick counterpoint to Keidra's post.
Saruman's demise. Well handled and it also showed Grima as oddly enough, sort of sympathetic. You could tell that he was a man of Rohan once, before evil seduced him.
Yay! Faramir! I liked the bonding between him and Pippin, the scenes between Faramir and Denethor were also wonderful, adding depth to the conflict between the father and son. Unlike Keidra, I didn't mind the Eowyn/Faramir hookup. When you're in the intensity of war, you do weird things like hook up with random noblemen/noblewomen.
More of Eowyn kicking ass and Merry's bloodlust was also cool. Eomer finding Eowyn on the battlefield was also wonderful and heartbreaking at the same time. Great acting.
Mouth of Sauron was a badly needed scene that should've been in the theatrical release. Nice to see it in this.
Didn't like Gandalf coughing throughout his conversation with Pippin (aka truth.com). It was distracting and not needed. Yes, we know smoking pipeweed is bad, but that's not going to stop me from desiring the longbottom leaf.
Gimli continues to be the comedic relief. Frankly, a dwarf shouldn't lose a drinking contest to an elf, but that's just the D&D nerd in me.
Didn't need the skulls pouring into the City of the Dead. That was just a little too early Peter Jackson style for me.
The Boromir hallucination. It so cheesy and the only reason I can think of it is for the "Bean Stalkers" (to quote Fran and Phillipa). Maybe it'd be cooler with better execution, but it was just plain cheesy.
All in all, good stuff. I can't wait for Christmas (yay! pressies!)