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The Return of the King too precious for words

By Russell Baillie

The Return of the King is … sorry about this, but we’re not allowed to tell you what we think of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King until next Tuesday.

It may be the world premiere tonight. And we may have seen the film at a media screening at the Embassy Theatre on Saturday afternoon. But it was a stipulation by the film’s distributors that to see the film, you weren’t allowed to review it just yet – mainly because it wouldn’t do for New Zealand critics to have their say before the really important ones in the Northern Hemisphere got a chance to see it during the coming week.

So we can’t actually say whether it was the single most amazing cinema experience of our recent memory or not.

Neither can we say in which bits we may or may not have got more than a little weepy, or whether we were emotionally affected at all. And we certainly couldn’t even hint at which film is clearly the best in Peter Jackson’s trilogy now that we’ve seen all three.

We probably need a second look at The Return of the King to decide for sure. Or maybe a third or a fourth …

To do any of the above would be expressing an opinion, something that is apparently okay to do into a television camera right after the screening if you are a Media Personality. But if you are a film reviewer you can’t do your job in print or online until next week. So, patience, please.

Read the original article at: The New Zealand Herald

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