Peter Jackson’s epic was almost as long as the six month wait for me to get the disc from Netflix!
Screenplay By: Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Stephen Sinclair, & Fran Walsh
Directed By: Peter Jackson
There are flaws in Peter Jackson’s version of The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers. The CG is a bit dodgy in a few instances, such as when Legolas swings around a horse to end up riding on said horse. Some scenes, and individual moments, take longer to develop than initially feels necessary, like Aragorn’s soup interaction with Eowyn. Finally, there appeared to me to be a bit of unnecessary cool injected into the film in the form of events like Legolas surfing on a shield. For all of these reasons The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers is a flawed epic.
Viewed in totality, The Lord Of The Rings: The Towers is just so damn epic. By the time the film had finished I had forgotten completely about any flaws I viewed the film as holding. That is some astonishing film making by Mr. Jackson. He has made a flawed film that is so epic and grand in its sweep that all of its flaws slowly seep from the mind until all one is left with is the excellence of the grandeur and the epic scope. It helps that in every area I could think of The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers is a great film, the type that is incredibly long but a breeze to watch. In the course of one paragraph and by merely thinking about all the great elements contained within The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers I have forgotten about its flaws, that is the sign of a great film if I don’t say so myself.
I’m hoping to avoid a similar review to the one I wrote for Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. I could rattle off all the reasons I found The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers to be amazingly awesome (alliteration, I am a fan), but seeing as how I already did that for one of the movies I love more as a nerd than a cinephile (although realistically I am a nerd for being a cinephile) I don’t want to trot out that type of review again.
I was struck this time around by the interactions between the characters. It’s quite a jolt to realize that the epic feel that The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers emanates has very little to do with battles and everything to do with the characters going on journeys and talking to one another. Don’t get me wrong, the battles are some of the best I’ve ever seen on film. The Battle of Helm’s Deep in particular stands out as one of the finest battle sequences I have ever witnessed in a movie. Still, roughly two thirds of the film deals with characters talking to one another and walking from place to place. This is never boring, it is always interesting and always engaging. Mr. Jackson uses the interactions between the characters to develop the characters and make us truly care about their individual and collective plights. He also uses the interactions between the characters to fully realize the world of Middle Earth.
Every five or so minutes in The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers there is a chance for the audience to sit back and gasp at the intricate beauty and ugliness of Middle Earth. At times the camera opens up to wide shots of vistas and mountain bluffs. Other times the camera closes in on confined swamps and mountain crevices. The camera is always active, and so is the WOW factor of the film. The WOW factor should never be underestimated in an epic spectacle movie. Not that this is the case for The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers, but it’s often difficult for people, I think this is true at least, to allow themselves to be taken in by the visual amazement of a WOW movie. Avatar is a great example, but The Lord Of The Rings: The Towers stands right alongside Avatar as a movie that at its heart is a giant spectacle that comes across as such and works beautifully in spectacle mode.
I know I’ve said this many times before, but it holds true, I could talk on and on about the scope, the wonderful looking CG, the great acting, and the epic feel of The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers. Alas, I have already said a lot and I don’t believe anyone comes to my little blog to read three thousand word dissertations. The logical conclusion to what I have written so far is that The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers is a finely made motion picture that easily overcomes any aspects of its production that may be flawed. I dare say that among all the epics and spectacles I have seen The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers sits near the top if not at the top. It’s no small feat to direct a picture that can overcome its flaws to exist as an all-time great, but Mr. Jackson has done it yet again.