As the battle of Sauron;s fortress begins, the Nazgul and other enemies appear. Soon, they cross the bridge and reach the city. The battle begins and many battles and wars later, finally the Nazgul are defeated. The movie comes to an end when the achievements of the characters are satisfactory. The characters then start to return home.
On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, The Return of the King holds an approval rating of 93% based on 278 reviews, with an average rating of 8.69/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "Visually breathtaking and emotionally powerful, The Return of the King is a moving and satisfying conclusion to a great trilogy." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, gives the film a score of 94 out of 100 based on 38 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film a rare average grade of "A+" on an A+ to F scale, the highest grade in the trilogy.
With the announcement of Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” in December, 2008, there were questions about the future of the planned three-part adaptation now that they were separate projects. The film opened in 2003, and Jackson clearly had plans to bring the two stories back into conjunction. The first of these, “The Two Towers”, was shot in New Zealand in the winter of 1999-2000; the follow-up, “Return of the King”, was shot in the early summer of 2001. The third film was released in December, 2003, following the first film, without any formal connection between the three. 7211a4ac4a