Itís been a year since THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, and now, finally, itís time for Part II, The Two Towers.
Once again director Peter Jackson and crew have dotted every i and crossed every t. Thereís so much going on.
Another three hour epic.
I really need to see this again.
All the main characters from FOTR are back here, as this is the continuation of the quest to destroy the sought after ring. The entire cast is perfect, no matter what life form they represent on screen: human, hobbit, elf, dwarf, or orc.
While itís an ensemble cast (of thousands, literally) the stand out in this film is Viggo Mortensen as the noble Aragorn. While Elijah Woodís Frodo got most of the good stuff last time, itís Aragorn that propels this movie with his leadership and his courage.
New to TTT is Miranda Otto as Eowyn, the strong daughter of King Theoden.
I liked her. She had spunk.
The recent HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS had an impressive, all CGI Dobby the house elf. Well, not to be out done, TTT has an impressive, all CGI Gollum. Thing is, this thingís creepy as Hell. Looking a bit like a cross of an emaciated Peter Lorre, and, I dunno, Don Knotts. Weird, strange little thing, but very well rendered.
Like I said, I need to see this thing again. I had to see the last one twice as well. The first viewing was good, but it felt long and overwhelming. But the second viewing afforded me the chance to take it all in. I expect the same for The Two Towers.
Itís good stuff.
With this review, Iím making yet another change in my method of reviewing.
Gone are the cheesy stars (but again thanks to my pal JOEY for helping me out with those!), and in is the much simpler grading scale, from A + to F -.