Return of The King

So a quick update before I hit the ‘ol futon: last night watched Punch-Drunk Love, starring Adam Sandler. What can I say? I really liked this film. An unusual role for Adam Sandler, definitely expanded my view of him as an actor. How’s the film itself? In a word: uplifting. The progression of the story is subtle, not unlike that of a minimal techno track… slow but satisfying.
Saw LOTR: Return of The King tonight. Not having read the books, I can’t offer you any insight on the adaptation (for that, I recommend checking out Neil’s postSarah’s is good for a laugh, too) — but I can tell you it’s my favourite movie of the year. The sheer level of detail put into this film blows my mind. The action sequences were uncompromising. There were several scenes — in particular the boulder catapults — where I found myself cringing in my seat. Incredible stuff.
But it’s so much more than that. LOTR: Return of The King seems to possess a high degree of fidelity: internally consistent and rarely self-conscious. There’s a story to be told, and it will be — length and sore bums be damned. I like that.

2 thoughts on “Return of The King”

  1. PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE almost made me think that Adam Sandler was a much better actor than I had previously thought. But then I remembered Heather Graham, who was really good in BOOGIE NIGHTS and no good in anything else ever.
    So I think it’s the director, P.T. Anderson, pulling a good performance out of people. He even made Tom Cruise seem good in MAGNOLIA.

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