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Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

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  Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Review
Tookey's Rating
10 /10
Average Rating
8.26 /10
Frodo: Elijah Wood, Gandalf: Ian McKellen (pictured right), Arwen: Liv Tyler
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Directed by: Peter Jackson
Written by: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Stephen Sinclair, Peter Jackson . Based on the book by: J.R.R. Tolkien

Released: 2002
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 221

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“A mediocre follow-up to the impressive opening picture, The Two Towers is too long, spends too much time with bits that don't bring much to the story, too little time with the characters that we got to know in the first installment and other than an all-out war between good and bad to end things off on a high note, not much that's particularly memorable... I can't say that I liked this film as I did the first installment, which had plot turns, interesting character developments, palpable suspense, memorable action sequences and an ending that kept you wanting more. This go-around bored me, confused me at times and didn't really get too much deeper into its characters. The first film also had a greater ‘feel’ of actual Middle-Earth. Many of the outdoor scenes here (and trust me, there are many sequences featuring only the score and characters running/horseback-riding from hilltop to hilltop), just felt like New Zealand. The darkness, the suspense and the thrills from the first installment were absent here.”
(Berge Garabedian, JO BLO’S MOVIE EMPORIUM)
“Liberties with Tolkien's text again abound and range from the excusable and understandable to the exasperatingly unnecessary. Tone and pacing wobbled occasionally in Fellowship, and not only do they wobble here too, especially in questionable comic relief bits, the problem is exacerbated by the inevitable cross-cutting between the three narrative threads; some cuts heighten emotional impact while others blunt it. And Jackson again yields to temptation: In Fellowship, it was the lure of gratuitous special effects; here, it's the horrific glamour of war - the Helm's Deep battle is so fleshed-out that it overshadows the heart of Tolkien's tale, the journey of the Ring-bearer.”
(L. J. Strom , BOXOFFICE)
"I'll be the reckless, foolish messenger and endure the wrath of LOTR devotees: Compared to The Fellowship, The Two Towers is a big, sprawling disappointment."
(Victoria Alexander, FILMSINREVIEW.COM)
“The ent has been a closely-guarded secret by the filmmakers and now we know why: because it is possibly the stupidest-looking fantasy creature ever to appear in a movie. I'm serious. This is Neverending Story stuff. This is almost Labyrinth stuff. With big, googly eyes, the ents (yes, there are many, each more embarassing than the last) always appear against an obvious bluescreen as they shamble through the forest with the hobbits. The effect is so horrendous it's hard to believe it's in the same movie as the battle of Helm's Deep and the digital Gollum. Oh well, every series must have its Jar-Jar, it seems.”
(Christopher Null,
“The battle scenes are magnficent, spectacular and breathtaking, of course, but boy do they drag on. Niagara Falls in a thunderstorm is probably magnificent, too, but I wouldn’t want to stand under it all night.”
(Jenny McCartney, Sunday Telegraph, in a review headlined “My long, hard battle to stay awake”)
“A long film, and my interest did flag somewhat.”
(Matthew Bond, Mail on Sunday)
“Warning! Film contains long-haired men smoking unfeasibly long pipes, women with pointy ears and lots and lots of nerdish nonsense... The acting in all this is earnestly, effortfully bland.”
(Peter Bradshaw, Guardian)
“The whole thing just feels so darn serious. I know that it's not exactly party time when your universe is under threat from malevolent wizards commanding armies of unprecedented sizes, but fantasy pictures have a duty to convey the fact that stakes are high while engaging us on a gut level. The Star Wars series does that beautifully. Jackson has attempted to inject moments of personality and humour into his epic, but this is the one area in which he has most clearly fallen short.“
(Ian Waldron-Mantgani, UK Critic)
“Like being trapped in a nerd's bedroom. Whenever you take a step towards the door, he cries, 'No, you must watch this bit, this really is amazing.'... The only protagonist with any human range is Gollum, who is computer-animated. Equity must be getting nervous that an animated green house elf called Dobby is the star of Harry Potter and now Gollum is the only character worth watching in Lord of the Rings... I cannot over-emphasise the length of this film. It took Peter Jackson nearly six years to make the trilogy and you feel that you have been with him all the way.’"

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