Thursday, 17 January 2013

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Review










The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers


Release Date: 26th December 2002 - Australia


Production Companies
New Line Cinema (presents)
WingNut Films
The Saul Zaentz Company (licensor)


Genre: Fantasy

Rating: M

Runtime: 173 minutes


Budget: $94,000,000

Box Office Gross: $926,349,708
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
The Fellowship has been
broken. Boromir is dead,
Frodo Baggins and Samwise
Gamgee have gone to Mordor
alone to destroy the One
Ring, Merry and Pippin
have been captured by
the Uruk-hai and Aragorn,
Legolas and Gimli have
made friends of the Rohan,
a race of humans that are
in the path of the upcoming
war, led by its aging king,
Theoden.

The two towers between
Mordor and Isengard,
Barad-dur and Orthanac,
have united in their lust of
destruction. The corrupt
wizard Saruman, under the
power of Dark Lord Sauron
and his slimy assistant Grima
Wormtongue have created a
grand Uruk-hai army bent on
the destruction of Man and
Middle-earth. The rebellion
against Sauron is building up
and will be led by Gandalf
the White who was thought
to be dead after the Balrog
captured him. One of the
Ring's original bearers, the
creature Gollum has tracked
Frodo and Sam down in
search for his "precious",
but is captured by the Hobbits
and used as a way to lead
them to Mt. Doom.


Cast
Elijah Wood - Frollo Baggins
Ian McKellen - Gandalf the White
Viggo Mortensen - Aragorn
Sean Astin - Samwise "Sam"
Gamgee
Orlando Bloom - Legolas
John Rhys-Davies - Gimli/
Treebeard (Voice)
Billy Boyd - Peregrin "Pippin"
Took
Dominic Monaghan - Meriadoc
"Merry" Brandybuck
Christopher Lee - Saruman the
White
Andy Serkis - Gollum
Liv Tyler - Arwen
Hugo Weaving - Elrond
Cate Blanchett - Galadriel
Bernard Hill - Theoden: King of
Rohan
Karl Urban - Eomer
Miranda Otto - Eowyn
Brad Dourif - Grima Wormtongue
David Wenham - Faramir
Sean Bean - Boromir

Crew
Screenplay/Producer/Director - Peter Jackson
Based on Novel "The Two Towers" - J. R. R. Tolkien
Screenplay/Producer - Fran Walsh
Screenplay - Philippa Boyens & Stephen Sinclair
Producers - Barrie M. Osborne & Tim Sanders
Production Designer - Grant Major
Conceptual Designer/Carpenter - John Howe
Conceptual Designer - Alan Lee 
Special Make-Up, Creatures, Armour & Miniatures
Supervisor/Costume Designer - Richard Taylor
Costume Designer - Ngila Dickson
Director of Photography - Andrew Lesnie
Sword Master - Ben Anderson
Stunt Coordinator - George Marshall Ruge
Visual Effects Supervisor - Jim Rygiel
Visual Effects Supervisor: Weta Digital - Joe Letteri
Motion Capture Supervisor - Remington Scott
Animation Supervisor: Weta Digital - Richard Baneham
Animation Supervisor/Designer: Weta Digital -
Randall William Cook
Visual Effects Consultant - Mark Stetson
Film Editor - Michael Horton
Music - Howard Shore


Awards

2002 Academy Awards
Best Sound Editing - Ethan Van der Ryn &
Mike Hopkins (Won)
Best Visual Effects - Jim Rygiel, Randall William Cook,
Richard Taylor & Alex Funke (Won)
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Best Picture - Peter Jackson, Barrie M. Osborne
& Fran Walsh (Nominated)
Best Art Direction - Grant Major, Dan Hennah
& Alan Lee (Nominated)
Best Costume Design - Ngila Jackson & Richard Taylor
(Nominated)
Best Film Editing - John Gilbert
Best Music, Original Song "May It Be" - Enya &
Nicky & Roma Ryan (Nominated)
Best Sound - Christopher Boyes, Michael Semanick,
Gethin Creagh & Hammond Peek (Nominated)


Review
Hello, this is your favourite movie reviewer Film Guru Lad speaking, initially I originally wanted to review RAIN MAN, but instead I've picked the second LORD OF THE RINGS film THE TWO TOWERS in that post. Yes, I may have figured that the whole sequel is very complex, but it definitely matches the grand scale of its predecessor THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING (click here) as well as the greater level. All I could say is that it still has the beautiful scenery that was filmed in New Zealand and the brilliance of the cinematography, there are two of the best parts that I might want to commend on THE TWO TOWERS is the action scenes which has gotten more exciting and chilling including the battle at Helm's Deep and the film's character Gollum who is very iconic and is well-done realistically animated in CGI and performed marvellously by Andy Serkis.

Although THE TWO TOWERS fascinates everybody including the fans of LOTR, it's still Peter Jackson's great picture and a worthy second instalment that receives the enthusiastic acclaim of the audience that happened in the same thing as THE FELLOWSHIP, but nevertheless quite pleases the fantasy people.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie


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