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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Connor Macgregor Reviews...The Lord Of The Rings:The Two Towers

Moving on to Part 2 in The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, and what was already established in the first film will now changed in the second.

Sauron's forces increase. His allies grow. The Ringwraiths return in an even more frightening form. Saruman's army of Uruk Hai is ready to launch an assault against Aragorn and the people of Rohan. Yet, the Fellowship is broken and Boromir is dead. For the little hope that is left, Frodo and Sam march on into Mordor, unprotected. A number of new allies join with Aragorn, Gimli, Legolas, Pippin and Merry. And they must defend Rohan and attack Isengard. Yet, while all this is going on, Sauron's troops mass toward the City of Gondor, for the War of the Ring is about to begin.

The Character Arc for the remaining characters takes a change. Start off with Frodo & Sam. Frodo's state wains as the hold of the ring psychollogy begins to destroy him. Frodo is beginning to feel something for the ring as the powers of sauron continue to destroy him from inside. Sam continues to protect Frodo, and it adds more now that Gollum enters the fray. Gollum has two personalities. Gollum and Smeagol and both play off each other fantasticly in the film. Smeagol is trying to redeem himself over decades and centuries of suffering, where as Gollum was built over Smeagols love for the ring. Merry & Pipin's personalities change into more mature rules. They are saved from the orcs by Treebeard and realise their place in The War for Middle Earth and thus mature and braven themselves whilst in a way keeping that slight comic relief in them. Aragorn, Legolas & Gimli's 3 way friendship grows as they enter the land of Rohan. Aragorn we begin to unravel a bit more and discover more about why he left the royal life for a life of exile. Gimli takes over as the comic relief character in which he and Legolas take upon a sort of Laurel/Hardy Friendship which brings light relief on the dark storyline. And finally Gandalf. From Grey to White comes a more calm and lighter Gandalf. Not to say Grey was mooder, but with White, it feels more calm and relaxing. We are also introduced to new characters like Theoden, Faramir and many others, but while not much of some characters are fleshed out, one more film would be given time to the characters.

The Story is as its usual greatness. It is now split into 3 sections. Frodo & Sam journeying to Mount Doom, Aragorn, Gimli, Legolas & Gandalf dealing with the chaos of Rohan and Merry & Pipin with The Ents. All three develop the overall story and push forward towards number three. The time is spent most on The Rohan plot with The Hobbits getting less time but still equal importance to the overall story. The New Characters bring a fresh to the tale as well as move the story on as we see its not just The Fellowship that are affected by Sauron & Saruman's wrath.

The Battle Scenes or Scene is quite possibly the best i have seen in a film. The Battle Of Helms Deep is an incredible watch from start to finish. The Silence as The Urak Hai Army approach The Wall. The Chants, The Arrows, The Battle itself. Its wonderful yet dark at the same time. As usual, the technical side of the film is fantastic and really cements the film higher than most others.

Overall, While it doesn't beat One, its still a masterpiece and continues to make the trilogy worthwile to watch. See it ! Its a truely masterful film.

Rating - 100% - A+