You won't be disappointed!
the audience applauded
Excellent but underrated film
Mathilde the Guild
Although I seem to have had higher expectations than I thought, the movie is super entertaining.
(As with all of my LotR reviews, I am reviewing the extended editions, not the theatrical releases.)Most people seem to place The Two Towers at the end of their Lord of the Rings tier list. That's understandable when considering that most people only remember being fatigued by the seemingly endless string of action sequences in the theatrical release. But when it comes to the extended editions, The Two Towers is king.This review could go about discussing the shortcomings of the other two films. It could discuss the extensive denouement of The Return of the King, or the fact that most of the characters in the world are absent from half of The Fellowship. But I'll try and stick to explaining why The Two Towers is superior, not why the other films of the trilogy struggle to keep up.Most importantly, the characters introduced in The Two Towers are outstanding in their dynamism and are the keystones of the trilogy.Gollum, who is unquestionably the most dynamic character in the LotR universe, plays a huge role in the second film. The audience is shown so many sides of his character that they don't quite know whether to side with Frodo or Sam regarding his villainy. He's so lovable and so hateable all at the same time. Combining his two battling egos with his key role as Frodo's navigator makes Gollum one of the most important and memorable characters in the history of film (not to mention the revolutionary motion-capture techniques used to create Gollum, and Andy Serkis' legendary performance).Moving away from the insanity that is Gollum, one of the most humanized characters in all three Lord of the Rings films is Faramir. Boromir's younger brother is put to the same task as his elder sibling: to resist the pull of the ring and allow Frodo to continue on his quest. Yet Faramir faces this task within the context of much more dire and immediate consequences. Faramir must fight against the desire for his father's recognition along with the desire for the ring of power, all whilst coming to terms with his brother's death and commanding an entire army to defend his kingdom. This is no easy task even for the most noble of character. Faramir is one of the most lovable and strong-willed characters in Middle Earth, and he brings so much life to The Two Towers. Plus, The Two Towers gets bonus points for Boromir and Denethor both having a short cameo in the middle of the film in a scene that depicts Boromir as the honorable and dedicated hero he truly is.Alongside the introduction of the Sons of Gondor is the introduction of the Rohirrim and King Theoden of Rohan. King Theodan is a troubled man, struggling to maintain control of his mind and his kingdom. Sauruman has possessed him and wreaked havoc across his lands. But when Gandalf and the rest of the fellowship come to his aid, releasing Theoden from Saruman's grasp, does he kneel and follow their every command? No. Theoden has his own goals with his own means of achieving them. He does not wish to risk the lives of his people for the lives of those whom have previously abandoned him. Theoden's struggle as King is more intense than any other royal character in the series. His people are not warriors, but they are strong and proud, as is their king, and they fight desperately for their freedom during the course of the film.Speaking of nobility, it is impossible to forget about Eowyn, Theoden's niece and one of the two leading female characters in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. When faced with adversity, Eowyn is one of the strongest characters of all. As a woman, she is tasked with aiding other women and children, and tending to the weak and the wounded. But she remains strong of will throughout her trials and is a worthy carrier of the torch for all the female characters in the Lord of the Rings (few there may be).This review doesn't even scratch the surface of the incredible characters and events of The Two Towers. Events like the Balrog fight, Gandalf returning from the grave, the introduction of the Ents and the Battle of Isengaurd, the first sighting of the Fellbeasts, Pippin's incident with the Palantir, the hopelessness of the Battle of Helms Deep, Gimli and Legolas' flowering relationship, King Theoden's recital of "The Horse and The Rider", and Aragorn's most kingly recommendation to "ride out and meet them", The Two Towers is chock full of epic moments that make the second film my favorite installment of the trilogy.Now don't get me wrong, I love all three films equally, and it kills me to put one ahead of another. But when forced to rank them, I always come to the conclusion that The Two Towers is my favorite, and it should be yours too."The Horn of Helm Hammerhand shall sound in the deep, one last time. Let this be the hour when we draw swords together. Fell deeds awake. Now for wrath, now for ruin, and the red dawn!"
This was too an excellent part though a little short that the 1st part. This shows the dark forces gathering while the good are attempting to defeat the army of Saruman in their own ways all realizing that it's not in their individual capacity to do so. The crucial task of the Ent army added colours and adventure to the story. The return of Gandalf as the White Witch was interesting (none could be thought without him). The differing roles of the four hobbits and cunning games played by Gollum are worthy of mentioning.
Also the entry of Gandalf at the crucial moment in the war of Helm's deep and the Ent destroying the setup of Saruman and Sauron are main events of the movie. Overall this ends on the disturbed sides wherein all the forces are not united while the Orcs are preparing for the big war.
After watching The Fellowship of the Ring I was curious to see what else was in store for the companions of the Shire and their friends and allies. This outdid the first one. Lots of action and more beautiful vistas and sights plus that epic battle sequence at one point in the film (you'll see!). It reminds me so much of those medieval battles in the Middle Ages but ten times bigger. Plus we see some new faces in the course of the story. If you enjoyed the first Lord of the Rings film, don't wait! See this followup!
RELEASED IN 2002 and directed by Peter Jackson, "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" adapts the second part of JRR Tolkien's popular fantasy trilogy about adventures on Middle-Earth. The surviving 'Fellowship' of the first film has been divided into three small groups for this one: The Hobbits Frodo and Sam (Elijah Wood and Sean Astin) team-up with the mad Gollum (Andy Serkis) to make their way to Mordor, but are captured by Faramir (David Wenham), the brother of the deceased Boromir. Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), Legolas the Elf (Orlando Bloom) and Gimli the Dwarf (John Rhys-Davies) encounter the once-great King Theoden (Bernard Hill), who has fallen under the spell of Saruman (Christopher Lee) via his devious minion Grima Wormtongue (Brad Dourif). Meanwhile the Hobbits Pippin and Merry (Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan) try to enlist the help of huge tree creatures. Gandalf is also on hand (Ian McKellen). These story threads culminate in the great Battle at Helms Deep in the third hour. This three-hour fantasy/adventure starts out more engaging than the first film, which was laden by its overlong, convoluted and (for the most part) unnecessary prologue. Like that movie, the characters are colorful, the tale is imaginative, there's a lot of brutal action rounded out by quieter moments and everything LOOKS and SOUNDS great. Unfortunately, after the first act, Jackson opts for CGI porn (excessive use of CGI with the corresponding dizzying visual effects). The first film did this too, but this one ups the ante and so there's not as much spectacular New Zealand cinematography (i.e. real forests, mountains, rivers, etc.). If cartoony CGI is your thang then you'll likely appreciate this installment more than me. There are other problems: While the characters are imaginative, they're also shallow and rather dull, at least for mature people who require more depth to maintain their interest. Also, the wide-spanning (meandering) story with numerous characters and hard-to-remember names tends to be disengaging. I was never much captivated by the characters and their causes, although uber-fans of Tolkien might be. Another problem is the lack of prominent female protagonists. We have Miranda Otto as Éowyn, Théoden's niece, who falls in love with the noble Aragorn and that's about it, except for cameos by Liv Tyler as Arwen and Cate Blanchett as Galadriel. "Mythica: A Quest for Heroes" (2014) cost LESS THAN $100,000 to make, which is a mere fraction of the $94 million it cost to make this blockbuster and the filmmakers knew enough to include a couple of prominent babes as key protagonists in the story. Despite these negatives, "The Two Towers" was an ultra-ambitious undertaking and is a must for fantasy/adventure aficionados who liked the first movie. THE MOVIE RUNS 2 hours 59 minutes and was shot in New Zealand. GRADE: B-/C+