According to screenwriters Boyens and Walsh, The Return of the King is ultimately about faith: faith in the need for good to oppose evil; faith in those who join you in that struggle; and faith in a higher power that ensures good’s eventual triumph.
Seven years ago, bringing Tolkien’s masterpiece to the screen in a way that did the story justice was considered unlikely—even less likely that it would honor Tolkien’s faith. But that is what this film does. And that makes The Return of the King an easy one to recommend. A great book has become a great film precisely because it remembers what the author thought was “most important”—the truths of a Christian worldview.
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Michael H. Kleinschrodt, “ Actor Sean Astin saw Hobbit’s courage from the beginning ,” The Times-Picayune (
Steve Beard, “ The Return of the King ,” Thunderstruck.org.
Jeffrey Overstreet, “ Film Forum: Christian Critics Hail Third Rings, Harass Last Samurai,” Christianity Today,
Read more about The Return of the King at HollywoodJesus.com.
J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings (Houghton Mifflin, 1974).
Kurt D. Bruner, Finding God in the Lord of the Rings (Tyndale, 2001).
See the BreakPoint Commentaries: “ Preparatio Evangelica ,” “ Now at a Theater Near You ,” and “ Defrocking Frodo and the Death of the Imagination .” (Archived commentaries; free registration required.)
Colleen Carroll, “ Tolkien, Transformer of Culture ,”
Steven Garber, “ Good Books, Bad Books ,”
See the “ BreakPoint with Chuck Colson Recommended Films List .”