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

In 2019 I found some old Word documents with movie reviews I wrote back before I had a blog. I’m posting each review backdated to the day I wrote it.

Title: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Release Date: December 18, 2002
Director: Peter Jackson
Production Company: New Line Cinema | WingNut Films

I have mixed feelings about this movie.  Not as well adapted as The Fellowship of the Ring.  Much too much Hollywoodization: gratuitous battle scenes, cuts to women & children huddling in caves, long-winded soliloquies / pep talks, etc.  And while I’m no Tolkein purist for purities’ sake, if they’re going to make changes (beyond condensing the story and making composite characters) at least make them interesting.  Do we really need to see Alwen lying in bed moping for a looooooong time?  Why do elves arrive at Helm’s Deep without explanation and then really play no part in the story?  On the plus side, the Frodo & Sam story is told well, especially Gollum’s performance.  And the Ents, they looked better than I ever imagined them (why couldn’t there be more Ent scenes?).  Plus, Miranda Otto provides a well-acted performance of Eowyn.  So it’s a good movie, but could be better, especially compared to its predecessor and its source material.

Rating: ***

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