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the captain, akron, usa
yea the movie was really good especially the helms deep battle, and even
though the elves weren't really supposed to be there, they created a real
come-from-behind type of feeling which i enjoy, and the elves are just BADASSES
so that made it sweet. i think that peter and co. got kinda lazy tho on
the second movie, with having some weird effects like legolas the horse
thing and not having Shelob? WHAAAAAT? that was a major part of the book,
but i just hope the return of the king will kick ass and i can't wait to
sebastian, san jose, costa rica
I think that the personality of Faramir in the movie is very wrong: he
was an intelligent man, he never wants the ring -as his brother wanted it
- and he never took Frodo and Sam as prisioners to Osgiliath. And in Osgiliath,
Frodo never try to give to the nazgul the ring. and Gandalf didn't arrive
to helm's deep with Éomer, he arrived with Erkenbrand. Shadowfax
wasn't white, it was grey, and Gimli never talked about women dwarves. Legolas
, in the second movie is whit diferent bow and arrows, and this is very
wrong, because he uses only the bow that Galadriel gives him as a gift.
Nilmandra, Redditch, Worcestershire, England
I have enjoyed both films but felt with the second one that some of the
characters have started to lose integrity.Gimli's comedy routine, Faramir
was less noble,Frodo attacking Sam and offering the ring to that wraith.Why
were the Ents going the wrong way.Wouldn't it have saved time to have had
the battle cry go up at the moot like in the book.I have a feeling that
the third movie is going to stray further and i wonder about the end.
Cory Adams, Gilbert, IA, USA
Very poorly done. The near death scene didn't do anything for the movie
except waste time. Time that could have been spent on the interrogation
of Frodo. Time that could have been spent making it right. The time wasted
in taking Frodo and Sam to Gondor could have been spent better if the interrogation
would have ended as in the book. The whole attack on the way to Helm's Deep
is time that could have been spent making the Entmoot end as in the book.
Instead we are left with Treebeard the oldest living creature on middle-earth
being tricked into battle by two little hobbits. And what's more Ents never
gather in great numbers or so Treebeard said at the begining of the Moot
yet all he had to do was yell once and all the Ents come popping out of
the forest. There is no more talking about what to do they just all read
Treebeard's mind and go to war. Quite hasty for an Ent if you ask me. And
why make Faramir just like his brother Boromir when the book says that they
are quite unlike. Faramir was instructed by Gandalf himself concerning the
One Ring and knew it could only be used for evil. You see nothing of this
in movie. And not that I didn't like seeing the Elves at Helm's Deep. I
quite liked the idea of renewing the Last Alliance, but why kill Haladir?
There are plenty of other things I didn't like about what Peter Jackson
did or didn't do in the movie but I've ranted enough for now. Thanks
A Forever Tolkien Fan, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
The Fellowship was a decent rendering of the book, but the Two Towers -
wow, it feels like it was done by an entirely different production company.
Why the devil did they stray so far from the story? They wasted time putting
stuff in that didn't exist in the book and at the same time took stuff out.
But even that is not as bad as changing the character of the characters
- as he did with Faramir - one of the absolute all time great heroes who
becomes just another simpering, easily seduced, one-dimensional pretty boy
in Peter Jackson's version of this story. And Aragorn! Good grief! He is
so mealy-mouthed and weak. He walks into Theoden's hall with his hands clasped
in front of him like a shy school boy for crying out loud. Where is the
king of kings? Well let's face it, Aragorn and Frodo are horribly miscast.
Frodo is supposed to be the uncle of Merry and Pippin, remember Mr. Jackson?
He is supposed to get wiser during his journey. He is supposed to get some
depth to him. Really! Where did this little limp distressed kid with watery
blue eyes come from? And don't you think after struggling for weeks on end
subsisting on nothing but Lembas, that Sam might have lost maybe a pound
On the bright side, Gollum was excellent, and I do love Gandalf and Legolas.
Just one final question - please please lose those predictable Hollywood
jokes? Mr. Jackson - you can do better than this.
Alessio, Firenze, Italia
The Two Towers (the film has been released in Italy the 16/01)...very
disappointing...all the pathos of the story vanishes after this chapter.
Gimli and Legolas challenging in numbers, Legolas descending the stairs
with his skateboard, Aragorn and Gimli taking care by themselves of a legion
of Auroks, ecc.
Everyone should be fighting for life and honour, but the director and his
staff seem to have forgotten it.
I wonder what J.R.R.Tolkien would think about it.
Martyn Storey, Cambridge, UK
Overall, The Two Towers is a very good film. It must have been difficult
to bring the book, with its multiple narratives, to the screen. So why was
I left with a feeling of slight disappointment after seeing it. The Fellowship
of the Ring was an effective and faithful rendition (within the limits of
a 3hr film). I expected the second film to be the same. My main disquiet
is how faithful some of the characterisation is to Tolkien's moral concerns:
- Expanding Gollum and Arwen are very succesful. Elrond, I need to think
- I regret the under-characterisation of the Ents, but it doesn't spoil
- I WAS deeply unhappy with the change in Faramir. I understand the dramatic
effect of the Osgiliath scene, and the idea of showing him resisting temptation
in a way Boromir could not. But the character is just PLAIN FALSE to the
book, and I'm not sure how an extended version of the film could rescue
The other thing I wasn't sure about was elves at Helm's Deep. Ok, everyone
wanted to see more elves, and at least they all die, which captures some
of the tragedy of the passing of the third age. And Tolkien does have the
sons of Elrond join Aragorn near the start of The Return of the King. But
thomas, Memphis, US
dissapionting, while its hard to transfer the feel of the books to film,
some of the changes in the story were inexcusable, sending the elves to
helms deep, and frodo offering the ring to the Nazgul not to mention Gimli
as comic relief a random warg battle video game style fighting and dumb
ents I think I'll miss the next one and I think Tolkien would too
Elizabeth, North Dakota, USA
Sigh...I was disappointed, frankly. I thought I'd feel this way about
FOTR and was very pleasantly surprised and delighted, and I looked forward
to TTT for more of the same.
Boy, was I wrong. I couldn't BELIEVE the distortion of Faramir and his
involvement. What was wrong with "Not even if I found it lying in the
road would I take it, I said"? Why was it necessary for Theoden to
be possessed? I had to explain to my husband who and what the Ents were
and that they were actually VERY different than that portrayed. I was hoping
for the song of the Ents, as well, as they marched to Isengard. They were
trivalized into nothing more than cartoon characters, and the feeling of
history was entirely lost with the handling of Gandalf's interaction with
I can live with (and occasionally even enjoy)Gimli being given lines for
comic relief. I can live with Legolas "surfing" down the stairs.
What I can't understand is why so many pivotal elements and interactions
are being trivialized or omitted entirely. I fear that the overall poignancy
and heartbreak of the theme is being lost in the "sound and fury"
of the production (which is beautiful - I love the visual and aural effects,
personally). I am actually fairly flexible and understand very well that
they just can't include everything, nor would they make the film "exactly"
like the books; I'm not a rabid Tolkienite insisting that not one word be
changed. However, in my opinion, the drastic revisions/changes/additions
are NOT in the spirit of the story and are very disappointing to those of
us that were enthralled with the vision of FOTR and eagerly anticipated
the continuation in TTT.
That being said - I will be going to ROTK when it comes out and hoping
for the best.
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