Fantasy films don’t do well when it comes to the Academy Awards, they barely get nominated, let alone receive one. But with Peter Jackson’s final film in the Lord of the Rings trilogy – based on the novels by J.R.R. Tolkien – that rule vanished. The Return of the King won 11 Academy Awards, stunned audiences for its accurate adaptation of the novel and stunned cinema junkies for its strong direction. However, with all of this praise there is one harsh truth – the film was too long. Critics discussed the ‘numerous endings’ to the Return of the King film, as well as long scenes which could have been chopped. Jackson is indeed a lover of Tolkein’s novel and world but does it make good filmmaking?