The Two Towers (2002)

Ah, a true epic…

The Two Towers is the second installment in the trilogy of Lord of the Rings; it is a fantasty/drama film, which continues to follow Frodo’s journey towards the evil land of Mordor in order for him to destroy the Ring.  The film trilogy is directed by Peter Jackson, based after J.R.R Tolkien’s books.  The entire film trilogy was filmed simultaneously.  (Running Time: 180 minutes)(Rating: PG-13)

“Powerful,” I say to this film.  Like the other films of this trilogy–as well as the books–they are all very powerful.  I don’t know at this moment what other word to use to describe there awesomeness, my amazement, or the world’s astonishment!  Peter Jackson and his dedicated cast and crew deserve much more respect for completing all three films; but today, I ought to just talk about this one, eh?  See?  Already I’m getting way ahead of myself.

(See The Fellowship of the Ring film review I did a couple posts back for more info on the trilogy’s origin and information)

Once again, the acting in The Two Towers were evenly up to pare with The Fellowship of the Ring, and almost brought a stronger sense of attachment to the characters and we journeyed with them further and experience more of their gains and losses.  The story is developing more and more, which makes up entirely committed to viewing The Return of the King as soon as possible!–because these films are addicting; all the way from Orlando Bloom’s wooing of the young female audience member to Peter Jackson’s shorts on set every single day of production.

Peter Jackson does not have a very distinctive director’s style except for being one to follow a book like a fan; what he wants to see is what the audience would ultimately wish to see.  His directing deserves fair praise and applause.

Andrew Lesnie’s cinematography (as well as the second, third, and fourth unit directors’ photography direction) deserve another ’round of applause.  The camera is sometimes sweeping, but sometimes still, and is viewed in such a way to bring further life to this world of Middle-Earth, as well as depth.  You don’t think camera work can do that?  Trust me, if you are effected by some film, often times the cinematography helped out with that impact.

…Trust me.

Back to Howard Shore’s beautiful score, which I give him high credit for yet again!  I wonder why he wasn’t offered a ton of other films after the Lord of the Rings was complete, after winning three oscars and another nomination you figure the movie jobs for composing would be piling up on his doorstep.  Alas, that was not the case.  Or at least, not yet.  But I hope he is given a lot more challenges in the future.  He is a very, very talented individual with a keen ear for musical score.

The Two Towers met again with high critical acclaim, and moving on to be nominated for six Academy Awards (including Best Picture), winning two for Best Visual Effects and Best Sound Editing.

At the theater, the film did very well; earning over $900 million, which marks it as the 13th highest grossing film of all time (currently).

Would would I give this film?  Definitely a 7 out of 7 stars.

I don’t know if I even need to explain it; go out and watch the Lord of the Rings film trilogy!–but in order, please!  I don’t want you to be coming and blaming me that you watched them in the wrong order.  Oh, and I encourage anyone to read the books.  They are hard to put down once you pick one of ’em up…

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