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Charles Davies, Brentwood, England
The two towers was great, however i think it should have ended at the correct
place when sam hears that Frodo wasn't killed by shelob's sting. that would
have been a fabulous place to leave it before the return of the king!!
Jeff Mitchel, Bowmanville, Canada
I found many of the locations and castings quite compatible with what I
have always seen in my own imagination. Treebeard's rendering was clever,
though they made him out to be a little too hasty himself. Notwithstanding
the difficulties of distilling an epic book into 3 movies, resulting in
some perhaps unavoidable liberties being taken with plot, I cannot accept
the liberty taken with the character of Faramir. The movie makes him out
to be virtually another Boromir, and that's a shame, and I could not see
how taking Frodo, Gollum and the ring to Minas Tirith (where they never
go in the novel)served to advance the movie-plot any more than the original
plot would have done. That was extremely disappointing. Also, the failure
to establish a bond between Aragorn and Eomer at their first meeting was
also inexplicable. Having said this, I still found the movie to be entertaining
and true to the spirit of the book if not the text.
Oliver BrÃ¶ckling, Osnabrück, Germany
I guess such a work done by such a master is not possible to translate
it into visual aspects in full length and full quality! Independently form
my own opinion concerning several episodes of the movies I guess the movie
is well done within itself; but many things I do miss very much and many
scenes that are added do not fit into the whole story.
Things I liked: Everyone knows New Zealand is the best choice P.Jackson
did, I love this indescribable country, never seen such a beautiful land.
The monologue of Smeagol and Gollum: very good!, everyone understands his
fight and his good will.
I also liked the shape of the Ents (but much too fast).
Things I dislike: I am very sad of the behaviour of Faramir, in my mind
he was brave strong just and fair, but in the movie he behaves like his
older brother and fells the need of taking the ring.
Also I guess the nazgul do not interact in the second part (I guess the
were only scouts), except Legolas shot one flying horse of one
I do not remember all I thought of but one thing I will not forget or forgive:
What the hell does Haldir do in Helms Deep, and all the archers of the elves;
why does he die there. I always thought this chapter of this tale says,
that Men free themselves from the influence of the Elves, and that a new
Era begins where Men are strong again.
linda, sacramento, us
two towers sucked. it had so many errors and unnecessary additions, I am
just clueless as to what the director was doing. little things like aragorn
falling off the cliff were inane, but stuff like faramir bringing frodo
back from mordor, what was that! are they putting shelob in the last movie?
why all that boring love stuff with elf chick, that is unnecessary. and
the part where they say the elves are fleeing middle earth, have given up
- what? they left because they realized their time was up and man's turn
had come, not because they were wussy babies. lastly, the ent thing where
the ents discussed things and decided not to go to war, why did they make
that so backward and inaccurate? the battle scenes were cool as was the
scenery, but I am really disappointed with this 2nd movie and hope they
don't totally ruin the return.
Jennifer Kloester, Melbourne, Australia
Loved the first one and went to the Two Towers with great hopes. It began
well with Gandalf and the Balrog and I was really enjoying it until several
significant changes to Tolkien's wonderful story hit me. The first was the
banishment of Eomer - not too terrible but annoying given his relationship
with Aragorn et al. But then the Entmoot saw Treebeard (surely one of Tolkien's
best-loved characters) refuse to go to war against Saruman only to be later
'tricked' by Pippin into going towards Isengard. After that Aragorn fell
over a cliff (!), there was a stupid battle with some improbable wargs,
Elves (!!) turned up at Helm's Deep, Gimli became a clown, the Battle went
on for too long and was apparently won without the aid of Erkenbrand or,
far more importantly, the Huorns! But where the film really lost me was
in its rendering of Faramir. Stripped of his nobility and his Numenorean
integrity he came across as stupid, weak and even slightly evil. My disappointment
runs deep. The more so because I felt that Peter Jackson had really created
something marvelous in the first film - that he'd captured the essence of
the book and maintained an extraordinary level of creative integrity. This
appears to have been sacrificed to a much more Hollywood-style of film.
Gollum-Smeagol, however, was wonderful!
Mary DePauw, Green Bay, United States
The film departed sharply from the book in many areas but most devastatingly
in Jackson's characterization of Faramir. Fans of the LOTR remember Faramir
as wise, grave, even sad, but he never lusted for the Ring, nor even seemed
tempted to it. Instead he understands with sorrow why his brother Boromir
fell. The other area in which Jackson took too much freedom was in his portrayal
of Elrond as a bitter father who will not give up his daughter though love
and fate may will it so she remains bound to Middle Earth and mortality.
This is not to say I did not enjoy the film as a film. Indeed they, both
the Fellowship and Two Towers, are still better than one might expect. The
battle of Helm's Deep will remain one of the greatest cinematic feats. The
portrayal of Gollum's tortured mind and possession by the Ring and its evil
was very believable and well done. The exorcism of Theoden by Gandalf the
White was a nice touch not wholly incompatible with Tolkien's vision of
evil. The dominance of hope is strongly felt, hope in goodness, and Sam's
comments that after all darkness is but a shadow and it must pass, a new
day will come, etc. These words our modern world needs so desperately.
Since all that is required for evil to triumph is for good men to
do nothing, good men need Sam's reminder that there is yet good in
this world worth fighting for.
day will come
all that is required for evil to triumph is for good men to
Kimberley Mildenhall, Swindon, England
Very disappointing,my friend (who hasn't read the book)couldn't understand
why I was visibly spitting and hissing in my seat!! Why, why WHY did they
change so many plot elements that did not need to be changed?!! Theoden
was portrayed as a miserable old coot, Faramir deciding to take Frodo and
Sam back to Gondor, Gollum's 'Slinker and Stinker' elements having a 'hilarious'
debate (I didn't find it amusing). Fellowship was a good start to the movies,
am wondering if Return of the King will leave us Tolkien purists feeling
very bitter and twisted (So twisted that we will become Modern-day Orcs
perhaps-burning our copies of the book, mispronouncing Elvish words, etc...
we shall see...)
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