Here I am with nothing I have to do (for the first time in months), but not that much to say. I will attempt to spit out my thoughts concerning The Two Towers.
Hmm... Wow. How do I put this? It was both better than I expected (and I was expecting a lot, believe me!), and just a smidgen disappointing in a few respects. Still, what a mammoth of a film! There really has never been anything at this scale and its grandeur puts it on a level of pure, unabashed filmmaking never before attempted. Any criticisms of mine must be weighed against the sense of awe and marvel that LOTR: TTT inspires.
A few critiques: (the most minor of spoilers ahead)
I have to concur with most in the Tolkien fan community that a few of the major changes in the story were for the worse. Essentially, Faramir (the late Boromir's brother) comes off very poorly in the adaptation, in contrast to the highly likeable character of the book. And what was the deal with the Elves at Helm's Deep? The audience I was with responded with cheers as those golden clad (my favorite armor in the films) warriors marched to the gates. I just don't think that was part of the storyline as the author intended. My biggest complaint is not really a criticism of the film per se; just how the trilogy was divided. Anyone who's read the novel remembers the amazing cliffhanger that stands as the climax of TTT. Just wonderful! But the film ends differently, a little earlier in fact. So I cannot really judge how it will be shown in what will most likely be next year's greatest film, and perhaps the best of the Ring saga, the Return of the King. posted by Steve
12/20/2002 10:35:00 PM
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