I spend a lot of time at either the cinema or theatre. You will then find reviews from these films and shows!

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

The second part of the incredible trilogy picks up with the different characters heading in different directions. We see three different stories unfolding in The Two Towers. This film is a lot darker than Fellowship of the Ring, as Middle Earth heads into a battle at Helms Deep.

The three different stories are a good way to approach this film as we keep going back and forwards between them, but with long enough gaps so that we aren’t getting bored. It seems as soon as you start wondering about some of the characters they are back and you see what is happening with them. We are also introduced to many new characters who instantly fit in with the ones we are already so familar with.

Frodo along with Sam (and Gollum) continue in their quest to destroy the one ring by heading towards Mordor. This is not an easy path and we see some brilliant scenes as Gollum and Smeagol talk to one another . . . yes that is the same “person”. As this journey goes on we see the friendship grow even stronger between Frodo and Sam but we also see how much Gollum is going to try and ripe them apart. We also meet Faramir, the younger brother of Boromir but is he the same as his brother? Or can he resist the ring?

Aragon, Legolas and Gimli are trying to rescue Merry and Pippin, which doesn’t work out as expected. But an old friend in back, Gandalf. More powerful than before and even more determined to complete the quest and help save Middle Earth. But he must help King Theoden who is being controlled by Saurman. This then leads everyone to Helms Deep and an incredible battle!

We also get more of a background of the love story between Aragorn and Arwen. Something we didn’t really see much of in FotR, so I think this is a very good building block. Showing the audience how deeply they love one another.

Merry and Pippin are placed in the care of Treebeard who loves to talk and ramble on about random things. Much to the annoyance of Merry when he is trying to help his friends. This give us a look into another race in Middle Earth and just how deep it goes . . . A talking tree, but is he the only one? Of course not the trees love to talk! A nice concept when you think about the wind blowing the leaves, ok maybe a little off track for the film review!

This part of the story really is for linking the first and third films together, but I really do feel that the battle of Helms Deep is my favorite battle scene in the trilogy. When the Elves arrive to fight alongside men once again, the way Legolas and Gimli start their battle on who can kill the most Orc’s it really does at a lovely touch to the film. Not forgetting Legolas and his cool stunts, he is an action Elf don’t forget! But honestly I really do love the battle scene I love the long build up and Aragon’s incredible return by opening both of the doors (I am sure fellow Ringers will appreciate that too) and Legolas telling him he looks terrible! I really do feel that small moments like is what makes this film (and franchise) so special. It feels more personal and that’s when you really care about characters.

While I had been a huge fan of Orlando Bloom after FotR (don’t judge me, it was my age) I really did fall in love with Aragon in this film. Honestly I thought Viggo was just amazing and started to watch his earlier films and followed his career ever since. But the collective cast performance for this film is just incredible, they really did all band together and create something magical.

I actually found this review very hard to put together, due to the number of times I have seen this film but also trying not to mention the other two films (which I know I have totally failed at). It’s hard to separate them especially when you have seen them as many times as I have, I actually couldn’t begin to imagine what high number that would be! The comedy moments and lines are a joy to watch along with the very serious battle.

How do you rate The Two Towers?

14 responses

  1. Good review. I loved this movie, as you already saw and definitely can’t wait to re-watch Return of the King. The intensity is killing me, once again!

    November 23, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    • Caz

      Last night I finished watching Return of the King, after watching them all through again. Cannot wait for The Hobbit to come out!

      November 23, 2012 at 10:34 pm

  2. I considered The Fellowship of the Ring to be one of the greatest movies ever. This one is better!

    The scenery is marvelous, the animations great, and the story superb. This episode strays further from the books when it comes to the unfolding of events, but I feel that it stays closer in atmosphere and realism; the nazgûls are now the fear-inspiring creatures they should be. Gollum, excellently implemented, even becomes more realistic then I remember him from the books, not to mention other attempts to portray him. His schizophrenic monologues are among the highlights of the movie.

    The major drawback is once again the apparent incapability of the dark-side creatures. Aragorn with fellows can ride back and forth among them unhurt, while the Uruk-Hai fall in large numbers just for being nearby. Though I enjoy many of the jokes made at Gimli’s expense, this still is another thing I partly dislike. Gimli sure is no clown in the books.

    I rate the movie 9/10 (my highest so far).

    August 17, 2014 at 6:59 pm

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  4. You’re right to point out the expanding role that Viggo has, he nails the part of Aragorn.

    December 6, 2015 at 8:42 am

    • Caz

      Probably one of my all time favourite characters!

      December 6, 2015 at 9:35 am

      • The characters in these movies are superb and I can’t think of any weak links in the cast.

        December 6, 2015 at 9:44 am

        • Caz

          I have so much love for so many of them in different ways, so perfect! Good job they changed to Viggo for the role of Aragon just before film started Stuart Townsend would have been a nightmare!

          December 6, 2015 at 9:49 am

          • I can’t imagine anyone else in the part of Aragorn. I love how each character is given something to do, rather than just being there. Sometimes with ensemble casts, members can be relegated to the sidelines but with these movies, everyone is given wonderful material to work with.

            December 6, 2015 at 9:54 am

          • Caz

            Yeah they all have a little story which works. Have a search for the photo of him in costume it’s horrendous haha

            December 6, 2015 at 10:01 am

          • I’ll be sure to check it out, though I’m certain no one will ever come close to Mortensen.

            December 6, 2015 at 10:05 am

          • Just seen the photo, he doesn’t come close to Viggo.

            December 6, 2015 at 10:13 am

          • Caz

            I know, wouldn’t it have been a nightmare!

            December 6, 2015 at 10:25 am

          • Thank God they chose Mortensen.

            December 6, 2015 at 11:41 am

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