Susan Wloszczyna USA TODAY wrote:
>* Rohan horseman Eomer (Karl Urban) finds his mortally wounded cousin
>Theodred and brings him home, where his subsequent death goes all but
>unnoticed by his spell-stunned father, King Theoden (Bernard Hill).
The increased prominence given to the death of Theodred is the only way I
thought the movie improved on the book, so a little more of that might even
>* There are more tree treats as the once-truncated encounter between ancient
>Treebeard the Ent and hobbits Pippin (Billy Boyd) and Merry (Dominic
>Monaghan) stretches its limbs. At one point, Treebeard's droning rumble of a
>voice causes the halflings in his branches to become drowsy.
Sounds jolly. (Not.)
>* Jackson injects much fun with food and beverage. Eowyn, not especially
>deft in the kitchen, serves Aragorn a vile-looking bowl of homemade stew,
>which he politely chokes down.
Is this supposed to explain why he doesn't fall in love with her?
(Remember, J-Aragorn is no longer engaged to J-Arwen.)
"Why so pale and wan, fond lover?
She cannot cook, you now discover?"
- Richard Armour
>Boromir and Faramir share a couple of victory
>brews, and one declares in beer-ad fashion, "Today, life is good."
Dialogue that sounds like beer ads, instead of like Tolkien - yes, that
adequately summarizes Jackson's main problem.
>The most surprising revelation in the longer Two Towers? That
>hale-and-hunksome Aragorn is 87 years old. Maybe it's something in that
Only a revelation if you haven't read the book. But I gather from the
author's surprise that the film doesn't bother to explain the reason he
looks so young at that age. Better they should have left the matter out
- David Bratman