OF THE RINGS: THE TRILOGY CONCLUDES
This reviewer faced an interesting dilemma last year. I couldn’t decide which of the remaining LORD OF THE RINGS movies to review, so in the end, I decided to review them both. THE TWO TOWERS is probably the darkest film of the series. Many battles are fought, blood is shed, and friends are lost or killed in the world of Middle Earth. Frodo and Sam continue to Mount Doom, aided by the frog-like Gollum. (Didn’t trust him the moment I saw him....) Pippin and Merry try to make their way through Fangorn Forest, where mighty trees, mythic old souls on the side of right, walk and talk and aid the good cause. Finally, Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas met up with Gandalf again and help out with battles of epic proportion and action reminiscent of 1950s fantasy films. This second film in the trilogy is certainly a spectacle to behold. It has great special effects (who can forget Treebeard!), edge-of-your-seat warfare, and many of the characters are explored in greater depth and somewhat more fleshed out. Australian actress Miranda Otto as Eowyn delivered a truly unforgettable performance. Her strong and noble character gives courage to the cause, and the producers wisely let her live to reappear in the final film.
In THE RETURN OF THE KING, the battles continue. Sam and Frodo, torn
about their feelings toward Gollum, slowly but surely make their way
to Mount Doom. The armies of darkness continue to assail the other
forces of good. The only drawback to this concluding film is the absence
of the Saruman character, as played by Christopher Lee. 12 minutes
of footage shot for RETURN were left on the cutting room floor. It
was rumoured that the 12 minutes didn’t possess the same pace
as the rest of the film, so Saruman’s scenes were dropped. The
DVD (and possibly video) release will supposedly contain the missing
scenes, which should resolve the mystery of Saruman’s fate during
the last battle of the second film.
Bio: Born and raised in Albany, Georgia, Jonathan "Kibo" Hanie graduated from high school in 1989. He has since attended Valencia Community College in Orlando, and Nova University where he earned a Bachelor's in Education, and the University of Central Florida where he obtained a Master's Degree in Educational Media. Single, Hanie has lived in Orlando for the past fourteen years. His hobbies include film, travelling, reading books, cats, Falco, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and recycling.
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