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THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS (2002)

When Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee left the fellowship that was sworn to protect the ring bearer they never would have expected to have Gollum as their guide. The Andy Serkis miracle which is Gollum is given much more prominence in THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS. As Frodo and Sam closes upon the lands of Mordor where the Dark Lord Saurons eye is closing upon the one ring, far away in Isengard the white wizard Saruman is building an army of Orcs that will annihilate all mankind from the face of middle earth. Peter Jackson does not hold back with his sound stage and his keen exploration into the world of motion capture and CGI in the 2nd movie of the Trilogy. Much like any essay, articles or book, THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS can be considered as the body of the trilogy. Whilst it isn’t as intense as the next movie it is not also as interesting as the 1st. Instead Peter Jackson attempts to summarize and cover a vast area of J.R.R Tolkien’s fictional brilliance. Whilst Peter Jackson works his sorcery behind the camera elsewhere in Rohan; the land of the Horse Gods, Aragon, Gimli and Legolas are in a losing battle of finding two more lost hobbits (Merry and Pippin) that are part of the fellowship. They lose all hope when Aragon falls off a cliff during battle.

 

THE LORD OF THE RINGS : THE TWO TOWERS although isn’t as interesting and is also not as intense as its predecessor and successor it is nothing short of spectacular story telling. It is the 2nd longest movie of the trilogy and it runs over 240 minutes. That’s 4 hours of fantasy adventure that will simply wrap you up in its spell. If you are about to watch or even considering watching THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS it means only one thing, it means you are already a fan. So fear not of its excessive run time. However if you are watching THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS as the first movie of the trilogy, then I ask you, where is your head at?

 

One thing Peter Jackson is consistently striking is his cinematography. We all loved the angles and the lenses the first movie was shot through and this time Jackson uses wider angles capturing the enormous beauty of the nature in New Zealand. The green pastures, the snowy mountains and the quiet calm lakes that set as the back drop as the tale of the one ring unfolds even more.

 

What better way to compliment his talented cinematographers other than with yet again assembling the killer make up and costuming crew. As the snow falls gently and settles on the tallest mountains, as soft as that snow is, one roll down an inch can grow into a snowball that could create an earth shattering avalanche. This is how the gentle and subtle tweaking in the makeup adds value to THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS. If Sarumans army did not look what they look the intensity and the thrill of this trilogy would easily reduce by half. After all Andy Serkis cannot carry the burden all by himself! (Yes, you got me, I am in love with this man’s work )

 

Having have left the best for the last, it’s time to roll out the big guns finally. The cast of THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS is an assembly of those of first movie who strives even harder to drive this fantasy adventure into more realistic realms in my imagination. Frodo and the fellowship are a massive hit. All I have to do now is simply watch them complete this adventure in THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING.

 

TITLE: THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS

DIRECTED BY: PETER JACKSON

STARRING: ELIJAH WOOD, ORLANDO BLOOM, SEAN BEAN,SEAN ASTIN,CATE BLANCHETT, BILLY BOYD, IAN HOLM, CHRISTOPHER LEE,DOMINIC MONAGHAN, VIGGO MORTENSEN AND IAN MCKELLEN WITH ANDY SERKIS

RATED: PG 13

RATING : 8.5/10

RUNTIME: 240 MINUTES (EXTENDED VERSION)

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