The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
Reviewed on 2013 January 21
This is the second entry in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, a bit more measured because it’s more plot- ’n’ character-driven than an action vehicle. Still excellent.
Frodo (Elijah Wood) and Sam Gamgee (Sean Astin) trek towards Mount Doom, determined to destroy the Ring before Sauron gets it. They have the Fellowship; Sauron has an army of Uruk-Hai and the corrupted wizard Saruman (Christopher Lee) on his side. Overwhelmed and terrified, they still have a job to do.
Meanwhile, the rest of the team isn’t doing that much better. Merry and Pippin (Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd) are caught by the Orcs, and Sauron appears to be working vicariously on one of the men Gandalf counted on to help.
This is the weakest (in my opinion) of the three movies, and as good as they all are, that’s hardly a criticism. The acting is the same good stuff in all three movies; this one is just a step to the third movie, the finale as it were.
Three chocolate morsels and a dram of Shire ale.