Two Towers ***Spoiler Alert*** this is your final warning
- Two words:
(I've cross posted the following from my sff.net ng)
You were warned. There be spoilers here.
Christmas came early at the Flewelling house. Despite a killer cold,
to do some more shopping, go to Tim's wrestling match at 4:30, Matt's
concert at 7:30 and then we all said what the heck, the night's young
headed to Orchard Park to catch the 9:30 show of Two Towers. There
a sign up, saying that the 8 pm show had been sold out. We all got
the theater was full and we couldn't find five seats together.
Overall, a great experience. I've always found the second book of the
the hardest to get through, because Aragorn & Co and everyone they
spend far too much time comparing pedigrees and trading sagas.
cuts through that nicely and serves up some of the most spectacular
scenes I've ever seen, and I've seen a *lot*!
**I'd just like to take this opportunity to state that I wrote the
scenes in "Hidden Warrior" days before I saw this film. We must have
the same research and it was awesome to see it come to life on
The Battle of Helms Deep, though not true to the book, is phenomenal.
Battle on the walls, scaling ladders, cavalry charges, arrow volleys,
forming Roman turtles with their shields, mantelets, murder holes,
throwing-- I was in heaven!
I was very happy to see that they stayed mostly true to the Sam and
storyline. The only complaint there has to do with Faramir, who was
and utterly ruined, and for no apparent reason. This really puzzled
He's Boromir-lite here, rather than the wiser brother who does the
thing. This leads to a frustrating and seemingly pointless detour to
not all that clear. Dragged there against his will, Frodo nearly
ring over to a flying nazgul, and is foiled by good old Sam, whom he
nearly kills. *sigh*
There were frequent instances of Our Heroes, esp Aragorn, being cast
stage at the expense of other characters who were far more heroic and
n the book, Theoden in particular. Treebeard and the ents also suffer
this directorial choice.
My only other complaint is that Jackson filled in the void left by
misstep with more pointless romance between Aragorn and Arwen, all in
sequences. This in turn leads to an even more pointless digression
Aragorn getting hurt and briefly separated from the others. The only
to come out of this is a bit of dialogue when he arrives at Helm's
Legolas: You're late.
Aragorn: *something brave in elvish
Legolas: You look terrible.
Me, in whispered aside to Doug: "So I'm still the prettiest!"
But kudos for:
Rohan, all of it, every single actor, set, costume, and bit of
utterly realistic. (And it's apparent that the comb has not been
to this culture.) Look for familiar faces among the children at
Deep. Peter Jackson's kids appear again, after playing hobbits in the
film. And I the only one who thought that Grima looked a lot like
as does Frodo by the end of the movie. Nice artistic detail, that.
More kudos for the ents. They are great! Their part gets cut too, but
they do they do quite well. The scene at Isengard is excellent.
part at helms deep is taken over by the very un-book arrival of
addtion to the accurate eleventh hour arrival of Gandalf and the
Rohirim. Oh well, at least that pudgy, bitchy elf I dislike gets
Gollum-- As other's have observed, he's worth the price of admission.
CGI cleverly dubbed over an actual actor, he's quite realistic and
is great. The conversations he had with himself in the book are
realized here, as is his trademark way of speaking. Jackson shows us
Frodo tried to have faith in him for so long.
Gimli is played for comic effect, perhaps too much, but there was
of that in the book, and the friendship/rivalry between him and
comes through well.
Merry and Pip don't get a lot of play, but hopefully we'll see more
Legolas is good, I think, but I'm not a pervy elf-fancier.
Costuming: If they don't get the oscar for this, I'll be upset. It is
in every aspect. Every race has it's own look, weapons, armor, helmet
Amazing. Must be a true labor of love.
So, other opinions?
>I hate the movie-related covers, but at least the pages stay in duringcumbersome!
>long car trip readings where the big red leather edition is too
yeah same here. I love hard cover books...but only as long as they are
getting dusty (*G*) in my bookshelves. But especially on
they are just -as u say- too cumbersome. YOU can't -well you probably
toss 'em quickly into your bag, squish/bend them till they are compfy to
in the various boring places one's travelling takes you.