The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Review
On first seeing Lord of the Rings: The fellowship of the Ring theatrically I found it to be rather flawed. I felt that the pacing was far to slow and I really didn't relate to the characters or the story. I must state that I have never read the books so my first experience of Lord of the Rings was with this first movie. I have however watched the film a number of times since and it has grown on me, with the extended DVD version proving to be a far superior movie with the character development working to flesh out our hero's motives in more detail. It was with some excitement that I attended the local cinema last December to catch the second instalment of the trilogy, The Two Towers.
The story picks up again straight away from the abrupt ending of the Fellowship, we are given a quick overview of Gandalf's battle and what has happened with the now separated Fellowship survivors. Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), Legolas the elf (Orlando Bloom), and Gimli the dwarf (John
Rhys-Davies) continue to try and rescue hobbits Merry (Dominic Monaghan) and Pippin (Billy Boyd) from their Orc captors. Meanwhile Frodo and Sam make their way towards Mordor with the help of Gollum. The first 60 or so minutes of this middle trilogy movie moves with a quick pace and a certain amount of urgency. The overall feel of this picture is a richer and fuller piece with interwoven story lines and credit must be given to Jackson and the editors for cutting together the different plots perfectly.
This second film in my opinion is technically brilliant and a real piece of masterful film making. Jackson proves that he is a director with an immense talent for telling action packed and detailed stories, giving them the right amount of character development and special effects wizardry. The film does have a slower pace during the middle section as we get ready for the frenzied final act, and what a finale. The battle of Helms Deep is a stunning spectacle with live action and CGI effects blended seamlessly together for what must be considered one of the best battle sequences ever filmed. And talking about CGI effects, we cannot possibly forget the acting talent of Gollum. We have seen complete CGI characters in film before, but they are usually used as comic relief, never have I seen an animated computer graphic act as well as Gollums performance here. The scene were Frodo and Sam are asleep and the characters of Smegol and Gollum fight out their split personalities, will go down in cinema history as a defining moment in CGI acting and effects work. The Two Towers is arguably an Epic masterpiece, highly recommended.