Number of Times Seen – approximately 11 times (twice in theater including Opening night, DVD and 1 Mar 2014)
Brief Synopsis – The continuing adventures of Frodo Baggins as he pushes on in his quest to destroy the One Ring of Power.
My Take on it – After having to wait a year for this one to come out, I was slightly disappointed that it wasn’t as good as the previous movie, but that is somewhat to be expected from a movie that is really just a connector between two ends of a well thought out trilogy.
The Battle of Helms Deep is spectacular, and is one of the best battles ever created on film, but is somewhat anti-climactic since the movie ends rather abruptly because it doesn’t have a good stopping point like Fellowship did.
The storyline with Treebeard is important, but dragged a bit and it seems as if Tolkien added it just to give Merry and Pippin something to do in this chapter. They are both essential to the final chapter, so something had to be done by them in this chapter.
It’s interesting to note that the Two Towers refereed to in the books are not the same Two Towers referred to here. Only Isengaard is in both.
Once again, Peter Jackson pushed the envelope with his amazing effects in this movie wowing every one who sees what they were able to accomplish.
This movie was unfortunately not the strongest Oscar contender in 2002 against winner Chicago (2002), but I think The Pianist (2002) should have won that year anyway.
Once again Jackson was able to prove that a movie in the fantasy genre can be a contender even if it doesn’t work well enough as a stand alone movie.
Bottom Line – Great follow up to Fellowship, but as the sandwich movie it is the weakest of the 3, but still expertly done by Jackson and co. Highly recommended!
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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