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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.
Every story usually consists of three acts; the first is where you introduce your tale & its characters, the second is the middle part where the majority of the plot surfaces & character development takes place, and the third & final act is where you tie up all the loose ends to bring your entire narrative to a satisfying conclusion. Almost everyone has a definite idea of how to begin & end their stories but the middle act is always the hardest part. Because no matter how great the other two acts are, if this part isn't handled correctly, then the overall experience will ultimately amount to almost nothing in the end.
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is that middle act…
Did someone turn off the light?
Because it just got real dark up in here.
In all seriousness, The Two Towers isn't the cheery and delectable piece of adventure that The Fellowship of the Ring was. However, that doesn't mean that it isn't as satisfying. The danger is higher, the scope is wider, and the characters are in one helluva situation.
Basically, this reminds me of the Empire Strikes Back. It's darker, deeper, and full of choices that will reverberate throughout Middle Earth. However, that doesn't mean that it's necessarily better than its predecessor. The first film feels like an adventure, while the second feels like a challenge.
And it all leads up to Helm's Deep. A grand and absolutely…
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…
The Lord of the Rings trilogy is probably my second favorite of all time behind the original trip to a galaxy far, far away, and each year I revisit all three films over a short span of time. As the desire to do so came bubbling to the surface recently with the release of the final Hobbit film due out, something strange occurred to me regarded the timing of my yearly Frodo journey. For some reason I seem to always do so around this time of the year, when the temperatures dip below freezing outside, and I have never really considered why that is.
A part of me wondered if it is merely a coincidence, that due to the daunting…
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.…
An unrivaled masterpiece of fantasy filmmaking, Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" not only betters its excellent predecessor, but it expands the possibilities of its genre. It is an outstanding achievement that thrusts its audience headlong into a continuing adventure, introduces remarkable new characters, and cements Jackson's reputation as a visionary with the talent to bring to life J.R.R. Tolkien's already reputable vision.
"The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" begins with a brief flashback, developing a mystery from "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring." Jackson's script, however, quickly launches into the continuing adventure of Tolkien's brave heroes. Without the need to introduce it characters, peoples, and lands, the narrative, even…
Peut-être mon film préféré de la trilogie dans sa version longue... bien que parfois on ait un peu de difficulté a jongler avec les nombreuses trames narratives, le tout a un bon rythme overall, et la bataille de Elm's Deep est particulièrement prenante.
The part where Legolas skateboards down a set of steps on a shield while still firing arrows into Orc hearts is me every day of my god damn life.
Not sure how I ever preferred this to Fellowship 'cause hooo boy does it meander. The battle scenes are obviously tops, but in between that it's basically just ladies (and, let's face it, Legolas) falling in love with Aragorn while Gimli falls off of things, then Frodo, Sam and Gollum bickering.
I like The Two Towers more than Fellowship, but even then, I know it is more flawed than the others. Be it the rather filler-like trek for our hobbits, or the honestly silly ents invading the tower.
Helms Deep keeps TTT from 3 1/2 stars.
Middle chapters in trilogies are tough. You don't get to the end point set up by the first movie, but you're still having fun on the characters journey. I think this one does better than most book to film adaptations with that kind of challenge. The characters from the first Lord of the Rings are separated but are still as commuters than ever to their journeys. This movie also pushes the boundaries as to what kind of characters can inhabit a world such as this with the creation of Gollum. No doubt the breakout character of this movie. It also introduced everyone to the brilliance of Andy Serkid. And of course that final battle is breathtaking. It really pushed the limits as epic battle sequences go. Another great movie from Peter Jackson and his team.
The feeling of hopelessness before this battle is far more powerful than the battle in Return of the King.
We finally completed this film with the kids. It was only three days, but we started it several weeks back immediately after finishing Fellowship. Extended editions of course. Which makes for nearly four hours of viewing, assuming you don't sit through the credits.
The kids loved it. I'd forgotten how good these films are. I think I said it before; I am so ready to watch these again. I don't think anything has come close to the scale of these films. In story. In design. In runtime.
We dipped into Return the second the credits rolled. Not my doing, kid 1's. They are into it at 8 and nearly 7. Even the battle at Helms Deep, which I remember as dragging on beyond belief in the theatrical release, had them on the edge of their seats cheering.
Bring on the last instalment.
Even my least favorite chapter in this trilogy can be placed among my favorite films of all-time. It's strong on character and story, and there's something to be said about that. If it weren't for that, Helms Deep would be far less engaging. It's the grimmest of the three, and it's also the least cohesive, but I love it all the same. Finally, out of all of Andy Serkis's mo-cap performances, Smeagol remains his greatest achievement. The visual effects still looks quite incredible.
Same as the previous, a must see.