The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)





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


While Frodo (Elijah Wood) and Sam (Sean Astin), now accompanied by a new guide, Gollum (Andy Serkis), continue their hopeless journey towards the land of the shadow, each member of the broken fellowship makes a stand against Saruman (Christopher Lee) and his armies of Isengard.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is gloomier and darker than the previous film, still it is outstanding, and once again everyone can enjoy it, or at least appreciate its visual beauty: the scenography and the cinematography are still outstanding, and the special effects are very well used. 

The film doesn't waste time with unnecessary prologues and it goes straight to the action, and it let us being part of epic battles. The three hours flies by, and there is so much going in the film that the time is barely enough.

The personalities of the characters are developed - a new side of Frodo, the dark one, is shown -, and the new characters are great, except for Gollum, which is spectacular and stunningly played by Andy Serkis - apparently he loves playing CGI characters. The acting is, as always, superb. 


Frodo: I can't do this, Sam.
Sam: I know. It's all wrong. By rights we shouldn't even be here. But we are. It's like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn't want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it's only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn't. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.
Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam?
Sam: That there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo... and it's worth fighting for.



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