What a relief! I just got back from Return of the King and all I can say is, wow! It was amazing! My bladder managed to last through the entire film! The only thing that kept it in was the constant chance of this conclusion being the true ending to the three-an-a-half-hour piece. I liked the movie, but an hour of denouement is a bit rough.
I did not see Two Towers, but I managed to follow and enjoy this film. My recommendation goes to the strong-willed and bodied, who can bear the length. Not to say that it was boring—the plot was enough to keep anybody on the edge of their seat—but the movie is just painful to sit through. Forewarning aside, I give it thumbs of some sort. Human thumbs.