The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
  • Time: 179 min
  • Genre: Action | Adventure | Fantasy
  • Director: Peter Jackson
  • Cast: Elijah Wood, John Rhys-Davies, Viggo Mortensen

Storyline:

Sauron’s forces increase. His allies grow. The Ringwraiths return in an even more frightening form. Saruman’s army of Uruk Hai is ready to launch an assault against Aragorn and the people of Rohan. Yet, the Fellowship is broken and Boromir is dead. For the little hope that is left, Frodo and Sam march on into Mordor, unprotected. A number of new allies join with Aragorn, Gimli, Legolas, Pippin and Merry. And they must defend Rohan and attack Isengard. Yet, while all this is going on, Sauron’s troops mass toward the City of Gondor, for the War of the Ring is about to begin.

One review

  • I’m judging all of the Lord Of THe Rings movies completely on their own merits – I have never read the Tolkien novel nor did I get my hands on the extended edition and neither did I see the animated movie made in ’78. When I did sit down and watch Fellowship… It was okay but I can see why it has the large fan base that it has. With this it is so much better.

    Frodo and Sam are now moving closer towards Mordor away from the group and is now being aided by a crazy hobbit with grey skin on all fours called Gollem, who was obsessed with the ring before it was stolen. While this is going on Aragorn and Legolas try and catch up to the other Hobbits that were taken away by Orcs but in a Kingdom (I said I’m not a fan so I really don’t remember what it’s called) that is threatened with war by Sauroman and after they find out Gandalf didn’t die from the last one but he kind of, sort of moved to a higher level of power… somehow. They stop Sauroman’s influence on the King and they decide to retreat to a Safe Haven called Helms Deep. Frodo and Sam then get captured by another Kingdom under attack by the evil forces and they must hold their own and battle for survival.

    I really liked the story for this one. If there is anything to talk about in terms of complaints with it, I don’t know if Sauroman dies but I think it could have ended there. And while the story at it’s roots is more of the group fighting for survival than Sam and Frodo following Gollem to Mordor I really think it worked, particularly for the subplots (on top of the main plot of course), I liked the cinematography, acting and effects. All of these work really well in the movie’s favour. I can also say this is a time in which I cared about what was going to happen, like there was something bigger at stake, I mean in the first one it shows this too and it is done well but here we are shown more of this world and it’s inhabitants, thus making what’s at stake seem bigger.

    If there is any complaints it has to be the fight scenes. They are done well but I just think the characters evade death just that one too many times in the Battle Of Helms Deep. There’s even a point where Aragorn is fighting the army of 10,000 with the Dwarf (not a fan, apologies for not knowing his name) as they’re coming to the door and there is not a single scratch on him as if he is a better swordsman then all the 10,000 orcs combined. It’s nitpicking – yes, but it just really bugs me. I can also say I didn’t really like Gollem as a character and the comedic relief, now it’s switched from the 2 Hobbits to the Dwarf Aragorn fought with at The Battle Of Helms Deep. The jokes aren’t cringe-worthy, they’re not “Please stop” bad but I didn’t laugh at one of them.

    So again I can see very clearly why it has it’s fans, I think I might be a fan if Return Of The King is as good (yes, I am one of those people that wonders if a movie will be any good after winning critical praise and 11 Oscars). It is a really good watch if you are into fantasy (although, watch Fellowship first). I might be in a minority when I say I do think it’s still a little overrated (the key words being A LITTLE) but if you want a good three hours to watch something, provided you’ve seen the first one and you like fantasy – this is worth a watch.

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