The final, and – if it’s possible – scariest instalment of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. It’s edge-of-the-seat stuff for older kids and adults as hobbits Frodo (Wood) and Sam (Sean Astin) follow the clearly unstable, possibly treacherous Gollum (Andy Serkis) towards the flaming pits of Mordor and the ominous Mount Doom to destroy the Ring, while Gandalf and the other members of the Fellowship prepare to do battle.
And it’s bloody stuff when it comes. There’s a hideous giant spider that captures Frodo and will scare everyone, not just junior viewers, battles a-plenty and numerous unsavoury characters and creatures to have you hiding behind the sofa. It’s not intended for younger viewers, of course, but for those who have been brave enough to sit through parts one and two without their hands over their eyes, this is a stunning, fitting and deservedly Oscar-winning end to a superb series of movies (and if it encourages kids to read the JRR Tolkien books, even better).
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The Spider. Gollum. Mordor.
Numerous battles packed with stabbings and impalements!
The trip through the Paths Of The Dead.
If you like this, why not try: Eragon, Dragonheart, The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring, The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers, Clash Of The Titans 2010,