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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Peter Jackson's award-winning 2002 film adaptation of the second volume of Tolkien's epic fantasy novel.

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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

  • Dec 24, 2010
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This is another perfect film in what's most likely the greatest fantasy franchise ever (Harry Potter doesn't count). There's absolutely nothing wrong with it, the only thing that even remotely irked me was that I found it a bit too long. The acting, the story, the characters, the visuals, the Battle of Helm's Deep, the villains, the dialogue, and the continuation of the story is what makes this film perfect. Yup, that pretty much covers it...everything is just perfect.

First of all, the actors do really well in continuing the development of their characters, especially Frodo (Elijah Wood) and Sam (Sean Astin). I also loved the introduction of Gollum/Smeagol (played brilliantly by Andy Serkis). They really play around with the split personalities and when bad things happened to him, I felt genuinely sorry. I can't wait for how they'll resolve Smeagol's problems in Return of the King. Another thing, I think Smeagol can simultaneously be the cutest and ugliest creature in the whole world of fantasy, but no one seems to agree with me.

I'm glad that the rest of the characters in the Fellowship are fleshed out and used a little more than in the Fellowship of the Ring. Aragorn is much more developed and Arwen's decision whether or not to live a mortal life is really explored and taken seriously as opposed to rushed. Legolas and Gimli are used more and used better, and that makes me very happy because they're both great characters. The friendship between Frodo and Sam really strengthened throughout the events of this movie, and that is really shown well and showcases the good character in Sam and his willingness to stick by Mr. Frodo no matter what. Merry and Pippin are also less goofy and shift out of their role of comic relief.

This is another example of CGI done right. The Lord of the Rings films prove that great visuals don't need to overwhelm or replace a good story. These films just get even better as the series go by, most likely because Peter Jackson is more secure with the fantasy genre and takes it further in the movie without taking it too far. That being said, the Two Towers is bigger, louder and more over-the-top in the usual sequel fashion, but it uses that to its full advantage to perfect the battle of Helm's deep.

I feel it is absolutely necessary to dedicate a portion of this review to Christopher Lee's performance as Saruman. Lee was probably the best actor in the movie, and Saruman is one of the greatest literary villains of all time. He wasn't featured much in the Fellowship of the Ring, but when he was featured, he kicked ass. In terms of casting, you couldn't have gotten a better actor than Christopher Lee. He looked the part, he acted the part, and most importantly, he sounded the part. Seriously, his voice is really freakin cool. Saruman is featured more in this movie, and it is definitely better for it. I can only wait and see what will happen to Saruman when Sauron is destroyed.

I have not yet seen Return of the King, but seeing this, I really desperately want to. Great characters, great story, great visuals, great everything make for this perfect film. If you haven't seen it, it's a must-see for anyone and one of the best fantasy films of all time. I can only hope Return of the King will be better.

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December 30, 2010
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Quick Tip by . April 22, 2011
The evil empire builds in strength. I particularly like the way the music built up tension in this part.
Quick Tip by . February 22, 2011
The +4 rating is only for the director's cut release. The version shown in theaters was inconsistent and, for someone who hadn't read the novels, incomprehensible at the end. If I had to rate just the theatrical release, I would give it a 2 at best.
review by . October 10, 2006
Every great adventure story worth telling has a solid hero - someone who puts others before themselves and uses their talents to do their best at keeping the forces of evil at bay even if it means the loss of life and limb. At its core, this movie has eight such heroes and each one lives up to the call. Peter Jackson was faced with a great challenge but he managed to pull this off real well.    This film was better paced than the first in the trilogy. There were still some breaks …
review by . June 03, 2004
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The extended versions of these movies are even better than the originals. They're so good, in fact, that I wish they would skip the standard edition and just go right to the extended one. Great movie, and the best mastered DVD I've seen yet.
review by . February 04, 2004
posted in Movie Hype
I have seen all three films and consider them to make up the greatest trilogy ever and this film is my favorite of the three! I have seen it several times. The band that got together on the journey to Mordor in the first film is split into 3 groups. The Troll, Elf Archer and the man (who is destined to be king of men?) make up one band while Frodo and Sam make up the second band, and the other two Hobbits make up the third group. We basically have stories going on simultaneously and the director …
review by . January 03, 2004
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING seemed unsurpassable. But it happened! And that's because now we have THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS, a moviemaking masterpiece second only to three films: THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, THE GODFATHER, and THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING. The film deals with the Fellowship after their seperation. Frodo (Elijah Wood) and Sam (Sean Astin) continue their quest to Mt. Doom; at the same time, Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), Legolas (Orlando …
review by . November 21, 2003
posted in Movie Hype
I liked the theatrical version of "The Two Towers." That being said, the Extended Edition is definitely a stronger, more consistent film. It tightens up so many of the loose ends, and gave more reason for some of the changes made from the books. From Eowyn's heartfelt singing at Theodred's funeral procession to Merry and Pippin's extended roles to Faramir's siginificantly more defined character, the new scenes add to the story and to the character development dramatically. The plot flows better …
review by . November 19, 2003
posted in Movie Hype
Once again, Peter Jackson has outdone himself with the Special Extended DVD Edition of THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS. Besides the original nearly three hour film, this edition includes just over 43 minutes of footage that was not shown in the original cinematic release. I realize why some of the scenes were not included in the movie, but some of the other ones I just don't understand: they add such depth to the movie and make it better than it was. Since the series has been such a success, …
review by . September 01, 2003
posted in Movie Hype
Simply put, "The Two Towers" lives up to the standards the filmmakers set for themselves in the first film. It is remarkably faithful to the books, and it is an excellent film in any estimation.The style established in the first film is maintained rigorously in the second. Colors, sounds, dialogue, effects, acting... all excellent, all used well. I cannot think of a single element with which I was disappointed, but there were a few things which stood out as particularly impressive.The achievement …
review by . January 02, 2003
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: Lives up to the hype, and even surpasses it     Cons: Liv Tyler's scenes drag on     The Bottom Line: I said I'd review this when it came out, didn't I? I guess most of you wouldn't know.     As I sat and watched the opening scene in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, I couldn’t help but think: Gandalf is one baaad mutha-... Here he is, just having taken an unwilling (but graceful!) swan dive into the abyss, and he’s still …
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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is a 2002 fantasy-adventure film directed by Peter Jackson based on the second volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. It is the second film in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy that was preceded by The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) and concluded with The Return of the King (2003).

Continuing the plot of The Fellowship of the Ring, it intercuts three storylines, as Frodo and Sam continue their quest to destroy the One Ring in Mordor and meet Gollum, its former owner. Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli come across the war torn nation of Rohan as well as the resurrected Gandalf, before fighting at the Battle of Helm's Deep, whilst Merry and Pippin escape capture and meet Treebeard, the Ent and plan an attack on Isengard.

The movie was critically acclaimed, although the adaptation was more controversial than the first film. It was an enormous box-office success, earning over $900 million worldwide, outgrossing its predecessor, and is currently the 11th highest-grossing film of all time (inflation-adjusted, it is the 60th most successful film in North America). The film won two Academy Awards. The Special Extended DVD Edition was released on November 19, 2003 and is now discontinued.
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Director: Peter Jackson
Genre: Action, Adventure, Classics, Drama, Fantasy
Release Date: December 18, 2002
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Peter Jackson, Frances Walsh
DVD Release Date: August 26, 2003
Runtime: 2hrs 59min
Studio: New Line Cinema, Wingnut Films
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