Great film, would recommend to anybody!
| Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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. From Pippin and Merry, the lost hobbits who aid the Ents in battle, to Gandalf, Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas who held back the hordes at Helms Deep to Frodo and Samwise who continue to make their dangerous and arduous trek to Mount Doom. All of these characters are heroes and they're played with love, respect and meaning.
Though the acting in this film was top notch throughout, I found myself amazed by Gollum's (motion captured body and voice by Andy Serkis) overall performance. Though obviously CGI, there was so much emotion in this character that I couldn't help believe he was real! Though "Final Fantasy" was the only movie that created the most realistic CGI characters that dominated an entire film, Gollum is lightyears ahead with the simple fact that this deformed li'l hobbit seemed human. He had the spark of life behind those eyes that the FF "cast" lacked.
As a film, this movie has it all - action, drama, comedy - but none of it would've worked without characters we cared about, villains we despised and heroes we cheered for. With the obvious success of the first two installments, the release of the final film next December may prove this to be THE BEST trilogy ever made!
The Lord Of The Rings - The Two Towers = Amazing
Even though I was lost through some of it, I liked 'The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers' better than its predecessor, The Fellowship of the Ring. As the middle section of what is really one long story (or one long nine-hour movie), it doesn't bother setting anything up -- it assumes you've seen the first one-and just plunges in.
Whereas Fellowship gave us the sunlit complacency of the Shire darkening into grim duty, Two Towers begins on a note of near-disaster - a dream of the standoff between the wizard Gandalf and the fearsome Balrog - and mostly keeps its jaws clenched in readiness for hopeless battle. The theme of this Act Two is good warriors standing tall in the face of odds that could hardly suck worse.
If that sounds like a downer, it isn't; Peter Jackson, delivering the second of his three Christmas gifts to J.R.R. Tolkien fans worldwide, comes most alive during the scenes of peril and evil, of which there are enough here for a year's worth of movies. One could conceivably enjoy The Two Towers knowing very little of its conflicts or interspecies politics; it can be processed as pure cinema, and forget about the plotlines, which in any event are unavoidably way stations to The Return of the King. We do spend a great deal of the movie watching characters prepare for things that won't happen in the movie; even the big-bang sequence, the battle at Helm's Deep, is but a minor skirmish in the grand scheme of things.
A good deal of the dawdling is fun. The fearful comic-relief hobbits Merry and Pippin find themselves hanging on a massive walking and talking tree -- an Ent, really, a sort of plant elemental that watches over the green. These Ents talk slowly and arrive at decisions even more slowly; Jackson seems to be tweaking the ponderousness of most epics. Meanwhile, the human warrior Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) tries to get the woefully unprepared kingdom of Rohan ready for legions of merciless Uruk-hai sent by the evil wizard Saruman; and Frodo Baggins, bearer of Tolkien's mystical McGuffin the One Ring, and his loyal friend Samwise slouch towards Mordor to dispose of the thing, accompanied by the wretched Gollum.
Most of the hype surrounding Two Towers has centered on Helm's Deep and Gollum. Of the two -- and the battle is one of the best of its kind in film history, a symphony of bloodlust and hopes dashed and restored -- I prefer the little creature who used to be called Smeagol before the Ring stole his mind and soul. As you've heard, Gollum is played in voice and gesture by Andy Serkis, and fleshed out digitally by Jackson's computer wizards. You'll always be aware that Gollum isn't literally "real," but in his pathetically addled way he's more real than anyone else in the movie. Jackson seems to have studied Jar Jar Binks and learned from George Lucas's mistake.
Two Towers may play narratively as a downer, but Jackson is too spirited a director to get bogged down: Characters are always reminding each other to keep hope alive in the midst of dread and panic.Hope is there, too, in the raw beauty Jackson finds everywhere, whether in battle or in a poetically downbeat episode at Rivendell with a weeping Arwen.
Jackson hasn't disdained his horror-movie roots, either: no director could be happier among the Orcs and Uruk-hai, and he has the diabolical wit to end this second entry on a note of demented enthiusiasm that functions as a chilling cliffhanger.'Fellowship' interested and entertained me; this one hooked me
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Quite a let-down
Ok, so I wouldn't rate this as 'below average' - but after the truly amazing first film in the series, this one, I felt, was something of a disappointment.
The plot seemed to waver, the special effects weren't as hot, the action wasn't as gripping... in short, I think they made a mammoth first film to hook the viewer, and then let it slide a little for the second.
Fans of the genre will no doubt enjoy it, and maybe even just as much as the first one, but for anyone like myself - seeking a bit of escapism and a damn good few hours' entertainment - you will probably find yourself wishing for something more.
In fact, Two Towers led me into such a loss of interest in the saga that I've never even bothered watching the third film.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
A brillant movie- A must see
I decided to buy the dvd because I never saw part two of lord of the rings, and it didn't disappoint.This movie is excellent on a wide screen TV, it really does give the battle scenes justice coupled with surround sound, you'll be gripped by the amazing cinematography. Every character is on their own journey to help destroy the ring of power loads of great, interseting characters,scenes and beautiful locations in the movie.
Over all a great movie, it did justice to the book and the special features dvd has loads of behind the scenes stuff.
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The Legend brought to Life
Peter Jackson did it â€“ where others crashed before him â€“ he has brought Tolkienâ€™s world to life. Hence The Lord of the Ring is not a film trilogy, it is an epic, it is a legend.
There were, in ancient times, epics and legends that were sung and played by bards and poets traveling from town to town. Those stories were full of heroes and adventures, and their purpose was to give people a sense of good and evil, a sense of honor, dignity, loyalty, honesty and righteousness. The Lord of the Ring is a modern version of such epics. It serves the same purpose, and in a society where we have lost the sense of enchantment and magic (not to speak about righteousness), it deserves the same attention.
The naÃ¯ve innocence of some heroes (the Hobbits) can be arguable in credibility: one has to be sly to defeat evil, naivety hardly pays in any society, and it does not protect against evil. As for the script, in spite of the narrative inherited from the book it seems the films constantly need to create new villains, challenges and battles to keep you out of breath. But the mastery with which all this is crafted and directed is a flawless enchantment all throughout. The universe of Tolkien recreated in CGI is like a long stream of dazzling sceneries and creatures that can beat the wildest imaginations â€“ that in itself shouldnâ€™t be missed. (And when Liv Tyler in immortal Elvish Princess tells Viggo â€˜I would rather share a lifetime with you than face all the Ages of this world alone,â€™ Oh boys! have a wish she says that to you.)
So, youâ€™re in for a deep journey across a world of fantasy and enchantment, with the most spectacular effects and battles youâ€™ve ever seen. And if you like the genre, the three parts are to be seen as one to make sense â€“ they gain in intensity and rival in quality.
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