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

Posted: December 26, 2012 in Drama

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The fellowship of the ring has been scattered.  Frodo (Elijah Wood) and Sam (Sean Astin) are on their way to Mordor, with an unlikely guide, Gollum. (Andy Serkis) Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) Legolas  (Orlando Bloom) and Gimli (John Rhys Davies) are searching for Merry (Dominc Monoghan) and Pippen Took (Billy Boyd)  who  are missing and presumed dead.  Saroman’s  (Christopher Lee) target is to attack Rohan, with Uruk hai.  Rohan’s king, Theoden (Bernard Hill), is in a catatonic state, under the spell of Saroman.  Grima Wormtongue (Brad Dourif), Theoden’s assistant, under the control of Saroman, banishes Eomer.(Karl Urban) Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli are captured by Eomer and convince him that they are not spies of Saroman.  Later, in the Forest of Fangorn, Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli discover the White Wizard, Gandalf (Ian McKellan has been reborn after defeating the Balrog.  Gandolf rides with Aragon, Gimli and Legolas to Rohan.  Pippen and Merry are not dead, but are questioned by an ent, a talking tree  ,named Treebeard who is convinced they are Uruks.

Frodo and Sam make it to the black gates of Mordor, but Gollum convinces them to go on another path.  Gandalf the White now uses his newfound powers to break Saroman’s possession of Theoden.   Theoden takes his people to the refuge of Helm’s Deep.  During a battle, Aragorm is mortally wounded when he falls off a cliff but is brought back to life with a magical kiss from Arwen (Liv Tyler)  Frodo and Sam are captured by Faromir, (David Wenham,) brother of Baromir.  He also captures Gollum. Can the Riders of Rohan  along with Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli, protect the besieged Rohan from the Uruks?  Can Frodo escape from Faromir, and resume his quest to destroy the ring?  Will the ents help Pippen and Merry fight the Uruks?

I liked this movie, but not as much as the first one, this movie seemed to be more about spectacular battle scenes and special effects than the actual story.  And the talking trees just didn’t do it for me, that made the movie seem silly and dated.  On the other hand, Gollum had much more depth to him in this movie, and his character alone made this movie worth watching.  This movie suffers because it’s the second movie of a trilogy, which means the movie makers have to show enough to keep the viewers interested, but also have to keep a cliffhanger for the third movie.  It also suffers because of overuse of magic,  to bring dead characters to life.  Gandalf is thought to be dead as is Aragorm, and both are brought back with magic.  The performances are again very good, led by McKellan, Mortensen and Elijah Wood.  I’d rate this just a notch below the first movie.

The Two Towers:  Not the towering achievement of the first movie, but close.

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