The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers


(out of 5)

Peter Jackson’s breathtaking adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s popular fantasy novels continues in this second film chapter. Young hobbit Frodo () is growing weary in his journey towards Mordor to rid the world of the evil ring of power that threatens to destroy all life on Middle Earth. Picked because of his unshakeable virtue, even he is beginning to succumb to the power that the ring holds over mortal hearts, so it’s lucky for him that his best friend Sam ( in a performance that almost steals the whole film) is there to keep him in line. Meanwhile, Aragorn () and Legolas () have gone in search of missing friends and end up walking into the middle of a huge war waged against the evil Saruman (). Jackson’s excellent direction overcomes the many obstacles he is faced with very gracefully: the story is less about character development and more about endless battle scenes, and it being the middle instalment of the trilogy means there’s no satisfying beginning or ending to it. Of course, none of this stops it from being one of the most exciting and enjoyable films of the year with even more impressive computer graphic and makeup effects than before (if that’s possible).  has more scene-stealing fun playing the magnanimous wizard Gandalf, though his part is smaller here and gives him less of a chance to enjoy himself, as are the appearances by elf women and .  Mortensen’s role, however, takes more central stage and he is even more charismatic and skilled a performer than we saw the last time. Newcomers to the adventure include , the astoundingly talented  and a brilliantly animated character named Gollum, who manages to come across with real emotional life and a very odd resemblance to Sylvia Sidney.

New Line Cinema, WingNut Films, The Saul Zaentz Company

USA/New Zealand/Germany2002

Directed by

Screenplay by , , , Peter Jackson, based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by Peter Jackson, , Fran Walsh

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by ,

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 2002

Golden Globe Awards 2002

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