After the Rebels are brutally overpowered by the Empire on the ice planet Hoth, Luke Skywalker begins Jedi training with Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader and a bounty hunter named Boba Fett all over the galaxy.
The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, the events of Vietnam, Watergate, and other historical events unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75, whose only desire is to be reunited with his childhood sweetheart.
Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the mysterious Darth Vader.
The continuing quest of Frodo and the Fellowship to destroy the One Ring. Frodo and Sam discover they are being followed by the mysterious Gollum. Aragorn, the Elf archer Legolas, and Gimli the Dwarf encounter the besieged Rohan kingdom, whose once great King Theoden has fallen under Saruman's deadly spell.Written by
The scene where Samwise Gamgee is violently dragging Gollum by a rope around his neck, is similar to the scene where Pozzo arrives dragging his slave, Lucky by the neck with a long piece of rope in Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot". Frodo, Sam, and Gollum have character elements of the four main characters in "Waiting for Godot". Frodo has the character elements of Vladimir (compassion and philosophical thinking), Sam has a combination of Vladimir, Estragon and Pozzo's characteristics (cynicism and harshness towards Gollum, and yet has a philosophical outlook), while Gollum has a combination of Pozzo and Lucky's characteristics (opportunistic and devious as Treacherous Gollum, and childlike and servile as Friendly Gollum). Sir Ian McKellen played the role of Estragon in "Waiting for Godot" co-starring with Sir Patrick Stewart as Vladimir. See more »
Aragorn's sword disappears from his hand shortly before he falls off his horse, but reappears in its scabbard later. See more »
[sees corpses in the marsh]
There are dead things! Dead faces in the water.
All dead... all rotten. Elves and men and orcses. A great battle, long ago. The Dead Marshes... yes, that is their name.
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Just like the previous "Lord of the Rings" movie, there are no opening credits after the title has been shown. See more »
In the extended edition, the scene where Frodo and Sam are first captured by Faramir uses a different take. In the theatrical version, after giving the order to bind their hands, Faramir turns and walks away from camera. In the extended edition, after his extended dialogue and order to bind the hobbits, he walks towards camera. See more »
Long before it came out, I knew The Two Towers would be the toughest of the three Lord of the Rings books to put on film. Not only is it the middle child, but the very structure of the book makes it hard to craft a linear story with all the plot lines in tact and interesting.
But I think Peter Jackson and company did a very good job. It's not as strong as Fellowship, but is still outstanding.
All the elements of the LOTR films are here: the beautiful photography, set designs, costumes, scenery, special effects. All amazing, all brilliant, all Oscar-worthy.
The performances are terrific, too. Bernard Hill, Viggo Mortensen, Elijah Wood, Miranda Otto, all did great jobs. The supporting actors, too.
It is sad that Ian McKellan's role is relegated to almost cameo status, but that's the nature of the book. The biggest shame is Christopher Lee. He has so little screen time in this film, I think he only says two or three lines on camera, the rest is "brooding". Such a waste, he is one of the great actors of our time, a real joy to watch (and a scene stealer to boot).
But the stars of the piece have to be Gollum and Treebeard and the Uruk army. The sequence with the Ents seeing the destruction Saruman wrought upon the trees brought tears to my eyes, and their revenge brought cheers to my voice. The battle of Helm's Deep was probably too long, but impressive nonetheless (and will probably be the model for "epic battle sequences" for years to come). And Gollum. What can be said about Gollum that hasn't already been said. We have entered into a new age of CGI, and, like all great works of art, it has a human soul.
A great film. 9 out of 10, the only items keeping it from getting a 10 are the short-shrifting of Christopher Lee and that some parts don't quite flow too well (a problem rooted in JRR Tolkien's novel, not the fault of the filmmakers).
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