"The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" (2002) | Sam Gall Movie Review Issue #141 Gem Mint 10.0


“The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers“ (2002)

Director: Peter Jackson

Writer: J.R.R. Tolkien (novel), Fran Walsh, Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens

Starring: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom, Sean Astin, Billy Boyd Dominic Monaghan, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Liv Tyler, Andy Serkis, Brad Dourif, Bernard Hill, Miranda Otto, Karl Urban, Christopher Lee, David Wenham, Hugo Weaving, Craig Parker

Rated: PG-13

Runtime: 2h 59m (theatrical) 3h 43m (extended edition)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Country: New Zealand | United States

Language: English | Sindarin | Old English

Available on: Various VOD platforms


"While Frodo and Sam edge closer to Mordor with the help of the shifty Gollum, the divided fellowship makes a stand against Sauron's new ally, Saruman, and his hordes of Isengard."


You might like this if you like: J.R.R. Tolkien, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Drama, War Films, Epics, Peter Jackson, Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom, Sean Astin, Billy Boyd Dominic Monaghan, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Liv Tyler, Andy Serkis, Brad Dourif, Bernard Hill, Miranda Otto, Karl Urban, Christopher Lee, David Wenham, Hugo Weaving, Craig Parker


(I insist on watching the EXTENDED EDITIONS)


Also, read 'The Fellowship of the Ring' review first for full story


'The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers' (2002)


Now I was still pretty young when I saw this film and still wasn’t quite immersed yet in the world of Tolkien (keep in mind, the extended editions had not been released until after the 2nd or 3rd film came out).


I remember being in a hotel with my mom Claudia and her sister Julie. I think I was left alone in the room to watch the movie or my mom was in and out of the room - I can’t remember exactly - I just remember primarily watching it alone as I got to ordered some very high quality room service and watched the theatrical version on one of those “In Theaters” sections on a hotel movie player. One of the great features I remember looking forward to as a kid, though now I much would’ve preferred to have seen Two Towers and frankly any other film on the big screen if possible. Regardless, it was a night to remember and I had a blast!


Andy Serkis in 'The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers' (2002)


I was very drawn to Legolas, in the first one as well, but I loved that we got to see more of him in The Two Towers. I even got into archery around this time due to this fictional elf.


The Rohirrim were one of my favorite aesthetic pieces of the film from their armor, weapons, architecture and more. The two horses that made the handle guards on the swords were just magnificent. I remember trying to carve that so many times in wax and with wood when making homemade toys. I think I wanted to try riding a horse because of “The Lord of the Rings”.


Elijah Wood (left) & Sean Astin (right) in 'The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers' (2002)


It was exciting to see the battles escalate especially as a young kid and was blown away by Helm’s Deep and the Warg attack. The Ents. Too many to name. Helm’s Deep in particular was a castle I would end up creating at home with cardboard, blocks, and other toys. It was a scene I re-created many times in the bedroom or outside. The architecture of that castle will never leave my mind. I’ve played that battle across 5 different video games, it’s timeless for me. RIP Haldir.

Karl Urban, Brad Dourif, Mirando Otto were just a few of the incredible additions to the sequel. Although we can’t forget the lovely Andy Serkis for truly bringing Gollum to life and getting to see him in full form for the first time. A character that will go down in history as one of the greats in my book. Even into the Hobbit films.


Craig Parker in 'The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers' (2002)

It’s a sweeping sequel in my books that takes the story deeper and into the world that peaked my curiosity since the first one. One of my favorite epics of all time.


'The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers' (2002)

I forgot to mention this in the first one, but the music by Howard Shore will always play in my head wherever I go. It inspired me to learn the piano, of which I’ve forgotten entirely by now but it did spur so many roads for me to try and experiment. From miniatures to archery to piano to building to making movies.


Written by Sam Gall on Nov 10, 2021


CGC Grading: Gem Mint 10.0


"Remarkably, Towers emerges as a forcefully unique work with it's own distinct sense of terror...it's truly a miracle in filmmaking." - Audrey Rock-Richardson, Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)


"While I was expecting yet another derivative battle sequence, the siege on Helm's Deep is one of the most detailed and well crafted combat scenes ever put to film." - Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com


"Peter Jackson and company once again dazzle and delight us, fulfilling practically every expectation either a longtime Tolkien fan or a movie-going neophyte could want." - Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune


"Once again, director Jackson strikes a rewarding balance between emotion on the human scale and action/effects on the spectacular scale." - Susan Stark, Detroit News

"The Two Towers is epic filmmaking at its finest, an intelligent and literate translation of a well-known and well-loved book that has enthralled millions. This film will no doubt do the same." - Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)


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