Aug 28

Film review – The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

Film review – The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

The Lord Of The Rings The Two Towers

Rating: 10/10

Starring: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Sean Astin, Viggo Mortensen, Dominic Monaghan, Billy Boyd, Orlando Bloom, John Rhys-Davies, Andy Serkis, Christopher Lee, Bernard Hill, Miranda Otto, Karl Urban, Brad Dourif, Hugo Weaving, Liv Tyler, David Wenham, Cate Blanchett, Craig Parker, John Leigh, Bruce Hopkins, John Bach, Sean Bean, John Noble

Directed by: Peter Jackson

Review: Film review – The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers – This film starts with the fall of Gandalf in Moria, we see him fall and fight with the Balrog he encountered at the end of the first film. Then the film splits into two stories. On the one hand we see Frodo and Sam trying to make their way to Mordor and their first encounter with Gollum. On the other hand we see the flight of the Uruk-hai with Merry and Pippin and their pursuit by Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli.

The Uruk-hai are slaughtered by the riders of Rohan but Merry and Pippin escape into the forest of Fangorn. Here the plot splits into three parts with Frodo and Sam on one path, Merry and Pippin on another and Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli a third. Merry and Pippin meet the Ent Treebeard in Fangorn forest. Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli encounter Éomer and riders of the Rohirrim who tell them they have killed the Uruk-hai, fearing that Merry and Pippin will also be dead they go to the site of the battle. They discover that the hobbits escaped the battle and went into Fangorn Forest. Meanwhile Frodo and Sam have captured Gollum and he has sworn on the precious to server them. Frodo asks him to guide them to The Black Gates of Mordor and so he leads them across the dead marshes.

Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli enter Fangorn Forest to track Merry and Pippin but they encounter a White wizard. The white wizard turns out not to be Saruman as they feared but instead a re-born Gandalf sent back to complete his task. He calls to Shadowfax the king of horses to bear him along with Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli to King Theodens Golden Hall at Edoras. Meanwhile, Treebeard takes Merry and Pippin deep into the heart of Fangorn to keep them safe and Frodo and Sam reach the gates of Mordor but Gollum stops them from entering for fear of Sauron.

Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli arrive with Gandalf at Edoras and must first free king Théoden from the influence of Wormtongue and Saruman. Gandalf draws Saruman from Théoden and frees him, Wormtongue is expelled. The king orders that everyone leaves Edoras and goes to the stronghold of Helms Deep. Gandalf rides to find Éomer and his two thousand exiled riders. As Théoden and his people travel from Edoras to Helms deep Saruman sends Wargs to intercept them.

Gollum tells Frodo and Sam there is another way to enter Mordor and so they begin to make the journey across Ithilien. Sam sees Oliphaunts before they are all captured by Faramir son of Denethor.

Wargs attack king Theoden and his men and in the battle that ensues Aragorn is dragged off the edge of a cliff by a warg seemingly dead. Theodens people make it to Helms Deep and the king follows but without Aragorn. Meanwhile Saruman sends an army of thousands of Uruk-Hai to attack Helms Deep. Aragorn survives the fall and manages to get to Helms Deep before Sarumans army arrives.

Faramir interrogates Frodo and Sam and reveals that he knows Boromir is dead and that he was his brother. With the help of Frodo he and his men also capture Gollum. Faramir learns that Frodo carries the ring but resists taking it. He decides to take it and them to Gondor.

Merry and Pippin go with Treebeard to the Ent Moot so that the Ents can discuss whether to go to war or not. After a long time passes they conclude they will not go to war. Treebeard agrees to take Merry and Pippin to safety but they ask him to take them South past Isengard and as they get there Treebeard witnesses the destruction wrought by Saruman. The Ents decide to go to war after all. Some Ents head to Helms Deep to attack Sarumans army while others attack Isengard.

As Aragorn and King Theoden prepare to defend Helms Deep, Elves sent by Elrond come to their aid. Only just in time as Sarumans army arrives and surrounds Helms Deep. The battle for Helms Deep goes on all night with the defenders losing. As dawn arrives Theoden and Aragorn decide to make one last charge into their enemies and as they are surrounded by them Gandalf appears on the horizon accompanied by Éomer and his men. They charge Sarumans Uruk-Hai who retreat from Helms Deep only to find a forest has appeared behind them. The forest kills the remains of Sarumans army.

Faramir takes Frodo and Sam to Osgiliath and is about to send Frodo on to his father when the Nazgul arrive. Sam saves Frodo from the King of the Nazgul. As Faramir fights to defend Osgiliath he decides to release Frodo and Sam.

Treebeard with Merry and Pippin defeat the remainder of the forces at Isengard and floods all the ground surrounding the tower. Saruman is trapped.

Once again this is a superb film (see my review of the first one), there is nothing more to say except that it is a masterpiece. The special effects are superb, even bringing to life the Ents successfully. All of the performances are great. It’s just wonderful stuff.

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lord_of_the_Rings:_The_Two_Towers

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0167261/

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