The second film in the epic fantasy trilogy The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, continues the story of the Hobbit Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) and his quest revolving around an all-powerful ring. Like the first film, it’s lengthy, packed with information and world building, and is a technical marvel. As a sequel, it builds upon the first film in meaningful ways, giving viewers an even more bombastic and action-filled experience. In the Two Towers, the quest to destroy the “one ring to rule them all” grows even more fierce and entertaining than ever before.
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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Review
The movie picks up directly after the events of the first film, The Fellowship of the Ring. Our main cast of heroes has been separated and broken up into groups, after the finale of the Fellowship. Frodo and partner Samwise (Sean Astin) continue towards the Black Gate, in search of a way to destroy the ring in their possession. Fellow Hobbits Merry (Dominic Monaghan) and Pippin (Billy Boyd) remain under Orc capture, with ranger Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), elf Legolas (Orlando Bloom), and dwarf Gimli (John Rhys-Davies) hot on their trail.
Elsewhere in Middle Earth, the evil wizard Saruman (Christopher Lee) grows his orc army by the thousands, conquering land and strengthening his hold.
The events all have a sense of weight and consequence to them, like a ticking time bomb. The bomb, in this case, is the arrival of Sauron, a fierce and evil ruler who wishes to overtake Middle Earth.
The Two Towers feels like a roller coaster that never ends, giving viewers nearly 3 hours of action and intrigue.
The classic story of good versus evil is fleshed out with various subplots, all which strengthen the overall narrative of the film. With the main cast split up for a good portion of the film, we get to see a variety of locations and creatures without it feeling too random. The first half of the movie is a great build up, with interesting scenes in some extraordinary environments. Writing remains top notch, and dialogue is both well worded and commanding of your attention.
The second half of the movie is utterly packed with action, including a massive battle that is one of cinema’s best.
The Two Towers is an excellent sequel to The Fellowship of the Ring and continues the high level of quality that the first film brought. As an adaptation of the epic fantasy novel by Tolkien, the movie excels in almost every way. The Two Towers brings the world of Middle Earth to life in many ways, all of which are exciting and interesting to the audience.
Despite its three hour length, The Two Towers will manage to keep you interested throughout. It’s a fantasy epic of incredibly rare quality and deserves its reputation as one of the best fantasy films of all time.
- Good use of practical special effects keep the visuals great even a decade after the original release
- Expertly blends multiple sub-plots together to create a cohesive and driving narrative
- Incredible battle sequences that grab your attention and hold it
- Very long movie, clocking in at just under three hours
- Some CGI doesn't hold up to modern standards