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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
A New Power Is Rising.
Frodo and Sam are trekking to Mordor to destroy the One Ring of Power while Gimli, Legolas and Aragorn search for the orc-captured Merry and Pippin. All along, nefarious wizard Saruman awaits the Fellowship members at the Orthanc Tower in Isengard.
This is a review of the extended edition of the film.
The most difficult part of any story, or a series of films that tell one story, is the middle. The beginning sets up the conflict, the end resolves the conflict, but the middle...what does the middle do? Stuff happens, sure...but what? Why? How? When? Where? Who?
Thankfully, Jackson and company dealt with this all-too-common dilemma with the deft ease and perfection as they had when dealing with every other aspect of this story. I have not read the books (though I do own them and will be diving in soon enough), but the word on the street is The Two Towers was the biggest departure from the source material.…
The 2nd film in a trilogy often has the difficult task of building the bridge between the 1st and the 3rd installments! They often get bogged down with heavy storyline and increased character development sacrificing other key elements such as action and of course thrills!
This was not the case for The Two Towers! Peter Jackson once again over delivered on all fronts! The storyline was enriched, characters explored, and yet the cinematography was just as stunning! The battles were glorious, intense spectacles to witness! I was enthralled with the legendary tale unfolding onscreen!
Time was never an issue, never was, not when the story is so engaging! In fact I wish it never had to come to an end!…
The Two Towers is that rare creature: an action film with soul. It showcases characters' personal relationships with just as much love, passion, and care as the brilliant action sequences that take up much of the film.
I'm a little stunned at the fact that The Two Towers is considered the weakest film in the LOTR trilogy, because as a viewing experience and as an emotional investment, it is far more nuanced and majestic than The Fellowship of the Ring. It's bigger, better, and far more tightly paced. It's nearly a perfect film.
Sure, the main characters are still little more than archetypes, and there are a few departures from the novel, but in exchange for the archetypal characters we…
Picking up right where the first one left off, this sequel goes even deeper into Tolkien lore, and doesn’t hold back. All of our beloved hobbits and elves and humans, broken up into three groups, encounter all sorts of creatures and villains as they reach closer to their main goal to rid the one ring that will rule them all.
Among the most memorable new additions of the series is Gollum, a CGI-created creature battling a severe case of schizophrenia. At turns hilarious and pitiful, Gollum is a terrific character, pivotal to the film’s structure and central to the struggling loyalty between the friendship of a weary Frodo and a suspicious Sam. King Theoden, Grimy Wormtongue, and Treebeard are also…
*this review is about the extended version*
My initial response to The Fellowship of the Ring (which can be read here) was one of wonder and amazement. My expectations for the Two Towers were nothing but stellar. And Jackson kept all the promises he made in the first film and then some.
Doing the second part in a trilogy is always the most difficult as it does not have a beginning and an end. In Tolkien's books this always showed as they were not initially meant as a trilogy. The story was written as six separate books, it was the publisher's choice to make it into a trilogy. Peter Jackson understands this very well. His screenplay for the Two Towers…
"He was twitching 'cause he's got ma axe embedded in his nervous system!" - Gimli
It's interesting to compare the Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings franchises in terms of quality. As shown in Kevin Smith's Clerks., the age-old debate reigns about whether The Empire Strikes Back or Return of the Jedi is a better film. Personally, I think it's the former. Now, if I was to do the same for Peter Jackson's adaptation of Tolkein's epic series, the finale would always come out on top. It's the middle section of my favourite franchise of all time that I have somewhat of a small problem with.
The Fellowship is fragmented, Gandalf is gone and Boromir fell valiantly in…
Awesome sequel to the Fellowship or the Ring. The Two Towers is thrilling from start to finish.
The spectacular battle of Helm's Deep is so enthralling that despite of lasting 40 minutes, does not seem to be over 10.
Not as good as the first for a few reasons. I watched this to see what happens with Frodo and Sam and the ring, not with all these other characters. We barley saw Frodo at all in this, and not once did anyone actually put on the ring. I also was completely confused as to why there were so many battles taking place everywhere and why it was important. And at the end of the film I feel like barley any progress was made from the beginning. The story in this one kinda lost me.
I also noticed some similarities to the second Harry Potter movie, which came out the same year.
The best of the the trilogy. It doesn't have the pacing issues of 'Return of the King' (as well as the five million endings) and it also has far more action, adventure and perilous moments than the sometimes slow moving 'Fellowship of the Ring'. The addition of Andy Serkis as Gollum was a master stroke, and the multiple story lines are intricately woven together which prevents the film from feeling disjointed and jumpy.
It has one of the best battle sequences I have ever seen in a movie. The rain, the emotion, the terrifying allegory of the suicide bomber and the unmovable friendship portrayed in Helms Deep makes 'The Two Towers' one of the best films of all time.
My favorite in the trilogy, for sure!
Much like turning one’s nose at the recent “Star Wars” offerings, nothing brings more unadulterated disgust from passionate followers (read: “fanboys”) of J.R.R. Tolkien’s monstrous undertaking than my succinct review of the movie version of the first book, “The Fellowship of the Ring.” No movie has garnered as much attention from peripheral questioners as this one has, and when people ask my opinion, I reply, “It’s two hours of a good movie, and one hour of a boring movie.” Few agree; most give a shocked look as if they came home to find me giving their dog a ridiculously ugly haircut.
The ground rules are firmly in place after last season’s “Fellowship,” which was filmed concurrently with both “The Two…
A malevolent power is rising... the seduction of Peter Jackson by the dark powers of his own worst instincts.
Oh, the highlights still soar, and there are stretches of this film that equal the glory of the trilogy's first installment. But The Two Towers marks the first steps of Jackson's descent into self-indulgence and revisionism that clashes with, and even flatly contradicts, Tolkien's themes and convictions.
Here is a link to my original, extravagant review of The Two Towers ... back when I still hoped that the upcoming series finale would be as strong as it's opening chapter.
In Fellowship,[Jackson] wisely pruned branches of plot to emphasize the Ring-bearer’s quest, shoehorning enough story for a six-hour film into three.…
Okay this movie is called the two towers I mean the title sound's like twin towers. This movie had some good and some Bad, I mean this movie is still epic as hell but the full movie is talking.
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