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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…
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…
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 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.…
Review In A Nutshell:
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is the middle chapter of the epic trilogy by Peter Jackson, based off the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. After being impressed and swooped away by the beginning chapter, I had high expectations of this film; I had seen the film before but I have forgotten my feelings towards it, ergo I was practically coming into the film blind.
The film started off strong, continuing on the story that was left by the end of the first film; where Mary and Pippin have been taken by the raiding orcs, Frodo and Sam have divided from the fellowship and attempt to enter Mordor on their own, and the remaining of…
The battle of Helm's Deep is cinematic genius.
Just watched the extended cut of Two Towers and I once again have to say, I recommend over the theatrical. Now, as a film itself, it's awesome. I've heard some people have an issue with Two Towers because it has a little more comedy then the other films but I found that the comedic moments were well timed and didn't hurt the legitimacy and integrity of the plot.
It's a great wrap up to everything we saw in the first film and a great prelude to the epic events of the third. I highly recommend checking this one out if you find yourself with a day with nothing to do or even just a rainy day.
My favourite of the LotR films, purely because it doesn't need as much time to start or end, while having a complete story in of itself. Gollum looks brilliant, and its filled with great moments, plus the battle of Helm's Deep is clearly the best in the whole trilogy.
"Fellowship" sets up the world, this film has the middle-chapter luxury of diving into it. The sense of displacement and hopelessness in Middle-Earth is palpable; this trilogy has an emotional core that is taken for granted. It comes to the forefront when Peter Jackson dials down the bluster with simple scenes of sharing stories or grieving for a lost son (Bernard Hill as the beleaguered King Theoden: mighty). The movie also works when Jackson cranks the proceedings back up to 11, culminating in the practical effects showcase that is the Helm's Deep fight. By the end, the film is serving two masters: Tolkien and Kurosawa.
The Two Towers, following up from The Fellowship brings with it a more dark and more epic scale take on the next part of the journey in the battle for Middle-Earth as we now enter the first major battle that we witness at Helms Deep and boy does it still work to this day thirteen years on in terms of scale, choreography and how seamless the special effects looks, especially compared to the CGI-fest that followed in The Hobbit trilogy. Again the cinematography throughout the film is terrific and sells the New Zealand landscape very well in terms of 'come visit us please, look how awesome it looks here!' vibe. Narrating the multiple stories involved here, with three groups splintered…
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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers continues the ambitious quest to re-narrate Tolkein's epic story in cinema. The cinematography was beautiful. Jackson blended special effects ahead of their time with multiple color scales: grey in the darker, more perilous scenes, vibrant colors during the protagonists' scenes, and dark yet vibrant views of a black cloudy Mordor. He used a special transition between aspect ratios: wide during the battles and travels, and more compact during intimate moments with the characters.
The film was released in two versions; the theatrical version and the extended four hour cut. The theatrical version maintains the structure of most screenplays, albeit longer. There is a clear beginning, middle, and end, yet the movie continues…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The franken-film of the franchise. Mixing the two plots rather than keeping them separate as they were in the books. Lopping off its opening and it's ending to keep the film tonally united. It's almost miraculous that this film works at all but once you've seen it you undersrand that it could never have worked another way cinematically. This film is about Rohan and Gondor. The two last nations of men. Struggling against powers they cannot control or contain. The musical theme of Rohan is a longing ode to medieval fantasy and is the best piece of music the series produced. Then the dual battle at the film's end with one of the largest changes from the book that solidified a brewing spirit from the outset. The arrival of the elves at helms deep is the stuff magic is made of on film. Overall, it is quite possibly the closest we'll ever get to a perfect fantasy war film.
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Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…