The Fellowship of the Ring has been broken and its members scattered. Frodo and Sam continue their way towards Mordor to destroy the One Ring, but soon find themselves in need of a guide. An unlikely candidate crosses their path.
Meanwhile, the quest of Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli to rescue Merry and Pippin from Saruman’s Orcs leads them into the war-torn lands of Rohan.
(Nota bene: this review relates to the extended edition of the movie. Though I’ve once seen the theatrical editions of the The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the extended editions always have my preference, as I’ve seen them more times than I can count.)
As I’ve also stated in the Collection post: I absolutely love these movies. The writing, the acting, the music, the cinematography, the art and the landscapes, the lack of toxic masculanity; everything is simply magnificent.
I might belong to a minority in this, but The Two Towers is my favorite installment in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Its themes of hope against all hope, withstanding grief and decline in an attempt to do some last good before the end, as well as the battle of nature against industrialism get me everytime. The dramatic low points are extremely dark and desperate, but somehow remain relatable. The Two Towers is an excellent example of how an otherwise boring story of good versus evil can explore themes that are still applicable to real life.
War and battle are central aspects of this movie, so expect a lot of fighting scenes. Similar to The Fellowship of the Ring, these scenes contain choreography that is pleasing to the eye, with little to no gore.
Don’t be afraid if fighting isn’t necessarily your thing. Luckily there are many other things to look forward to, such as the excellent performance of Andy Serkis as Gollum/Smeagol.