MovieRob’s Birthday Bash of Favorites 2021 (#5 of 48) – The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) – Encore Review 4


January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 47, so I decided to watch 48 (47+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month.  I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me.  Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that were spoiler free before reading on…

Hope you enjoy!

This is film #5 of the 48.

Let’s continue with… 

Initial Viewing Memories – I saw this film in the theater on Opening night and a few weeks later once again.  This was so thrilling to watch on the screen despite it being frustrating that it doesn’t have a clear ending because it is just the bridge film in the trilogy.  Still so much fun to watch again because of how well this film is made.

“You’ve left out one of the chief characters – Samwise the Brave. I want to hear more about Sam. Frodo wouldn’t have got far without Sam.” – Frodo

Number of Times Seen – approximately 13 times (twice in theater including Opening night, DVD, 1 Mar 2014, 4 Jul 2018 and 5 Jan 2021)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – The continuing adventures of the various characters trying to save Middle-Earth from the powerful Sarumon who wishes to bring evil upon the entire land.

My Take on it – Amazing ‘bridge’ film in this trilogy that helps develop the characters so much better as things unfold. The story is ale to introduce some very integral new characters who are thrust together with the familiar ones as the story moves along toward the final film and confrontation. Despite this being the middle film, they still find some great plot threads to play out here as we get to see the way events involve over the course of the entire story featured in the trilogy. The special effects help enhance the action scenes so much and make things even more realistic to watch unfold. The y do a wonderful job jumping back and forth between the various characters and their adventures since they find a great way to tell parallel stories that all move towards a very enjoyable overall story line that remains fascinating from start to finish. Peter Jackson directs this film splendidly and helps make things feel so powerful throughout because he is able to keep this story so orderly despite the chaotic way that the story moves. The cast is superb and Elijah Wood and Sean Astin shone above the rest of them the whole way through because they are the closest that this ensemble film comes to having main characters. Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When Grima Wormtongue sees Saruman’s army of 10,000, he is so shocked that a tear falls from one of his eyes. This wasn’t in the script. It’s something that Brad Dourif can do at will, and he and the filmmakers decided that it would work well for the scene. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)

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