108brNZ - WELLYWOOD, New Zealand. Peter Jackson, the acclaimed director of the "Rings" trilogy may have struck gold with moviegoers and literature buffs alike with his upcoming third installment, 'The Return of the King.' An unnamed source from within the secret studios of Weta Workshops recently released to the media the final script for the much-vaunted and super-secretive blockbuster movie, and the movie-going public should be pleasantly surprised and relieved to see the types of changes that have been made.
"Jackson is a genius,' said a well-known critic and Tolkien scholar, 'He's made drastic improvements to the original tale, and I think it makes a much stronger story than the one Tolkien wrote. We all have our weak spots, and high drama was one of those areas that the Professor just didn't have a good handle on."
"We'll all be affected by these changes, but in a positive way." agreed a highly acclaimed fantasy fiction writer. "The myth of Tolkien's writings can only be strengthened and deepened by what Mr. Jackson has done. It adds a whole new dimension to the characters, and fills in many of the places that Tolkien left strangely silent. A new light is shed on the personalities and conflicts, and many of the flaws in the original writing have been entirely done away with. It's amazing."
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Showing great understanding for those with multiple-personality disorders, Jackson wisely introduced a female Stoor therapist for Smeagol who helps him overcome his inner doubts and eventually takes her place at his side as his new "precious" in the grand wedding finale, a bittersweet and poignant moment.
Arwen continues to help balance out the male-dominated film by reforging Aragorn's sword, bringing it to him and then, in a moment of great drama, wielding it in his stead thus earning her crown. A grand feast on the field of Cormallen praises her many feats of bravery with Elvish subtitles.
In keeping with the new feminist sensitivity of today's theater-going public, an army of Dwarves had been introduced to the battle of the Pelennor Fields, and many of them are female. Gimli finds his own true love in a touching battle scene and joins his friends in the grand wedding finale, as does his friend Legolas who proves his multicultural sensitivity once and for all by wedding the sister of Gimli's bride.
Frodo and Sam come to realize that the Ring is not really evil, merely misunderstood. By entering into peace talks with Sauron, they soon strike an accord with the "Evil" Lord for open border trade with Gondor and better working conditions for orcs and minions.
The Ending of Saruman: The Wizard-gone-bad repents of his evil ways and offers to set up a tree-planting service to make resititution, but is impaled by Lobelia's umbrella (shot through the air clear from the Lockholes of the Shire with groundbreaking special effects!) before he can make good on his promise. A memorial stone is set up in the Shire to honor his great sacrifice.
The original ending of the tale was a real downer by any standard, and Jackson has wisely chosen to end on a more upbeat note. The "Grey Havens" have been replaced with the "Rainbow Fleet," featuring a record-breaking number of different types of ships from all over the world, native drumming and a full male chorus singing "Pachabel's Canon" to a raggae-beat. The various newly wedded couples, blessed by Gandalf, sail off to a paradise-like multiple honeymoon in the midst of a cloud of doves, and those that are left behind exhibit choreographed Elven dances on the sparkling sands. Truly a scene to be remembered!
Return of the King opens in December at theaters worldwide.
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