The second of the Lord of the Rings trilogy is a little different from the first as Frodo & Sam are off having their own adevnture, Merry & Pippin have been taken by the Urak Hai with Legolas, Gimli & Aragorn on their trail. In TTT new characters are introduced as well as the return of an old friend and some new plots are uncovered.
Okay I'll do the same thing that I did for FotR and not tell the
story just annotate my favourite bits and the like (more in the character bios).
Prologue: I loved the prologue that was such a brilliant idea - I loved
that we could hear Gandalf as we come round the mountain then follow him down as
the Balrog falls and then to think that it was Frodo's dream - brilliant! It
was good that they didn't do a re-cap - it kinda felt like okay you've had a
break and here is the next bit - it seemed like a continuation not an brand new
Frodo and Sam's Ring Quest: Gollum is so perfect - not too
evil and not too human enough looking and the "it burns, it burns" was
so good. I loved the Gollum/ Sméagol conversations "Leave and never
come back ... WHAT?... Leave and NEVER come back." He is sooo cute and the
little dance was gorgeous. The Dead Marshes were perfect and the fact you could
hear Elrond in the FotR prologue in the background when Gollum says "A
great battle was fought here" was just the right touch. The Elf
that comes alive and draws Frodo into the pool - scary Elf - the ghosts
in the pool had the eighties horror look about them - though they were really
gross. I absolutely LOVE the armour of the Easterlings and I can't wait to see
them in action in RotK, the use of the elven cloaks was a nice touch too. The
Oliphants were HUGE!
I must admit I was a bit dubious when I saw that Faramir was to
be played by Diver Dan from Sea Change - but I was surprised that
David Wenham was so
convincing as Faramir - I didn't see even a hint of Diver Dan in him at all (its
cause he's an Aussie actor!) He played the downtrodden son perfectly and the
look on his face when Gollum is talking to himself is a Classic. Frodo is a bit
drippy in the movie - it just seems like he is in a daze and he is so mean to
Sam when he comes under the influence of the ring - that is a really good ploy.
I love the Ringwraiths on wings - they are just great and I'll take home a
Gondorian Ranger anyday J.
Merry and Pippin's Captive Journey: The way it is split between
the three stores was run very well even if it left a little suspense it
wasn't long before the suspense was relived. The Orc with "What about
their legs, that don't need them" is a crack up they are such kewl
Orcs. When they go into Fangorn forest and the look on Pippin's face when he
realises that the tree he is hanging to is actually alive is priceless and with
his "Don't talk to it Merry, don't encourage it." The Ents are so
funny looking - next time you go and see it just check out the faces of the
other Ents - especially the one over Treebeard's left shoulder (screen's right)
that looks like a Willow tree J. "I am not
a tree, I am an ENT!" And then at Entmoot, Treebeard: "We have
decided...." Merry: "Yes..." Treebeard: "We have decided
that you are not Orcs." Ents nodding behind him Pippin: "Well that's
good." Merry: "But what about the war?" And the sound that
Treebeard makes as he calls the Ents to war is so blood curdling - also when
they attack Isengard check out the Ent that has to put his head out.
I am quite pleased with the way this section of the book was
handled - it missed out on some of the really unimportant bits that were in the
book (Whitebeam will be annoyed that there is no Quickbeam though) and I really
like Merry's passionate speech to Pippin about Saruman's reach: "The fires of Isengard will spread,
the woods of Tookbrook and Buckland will burn. And all that was once green and
good in this world will be gone."
Companion's Journey: Gimli is definitely the comic relief in this movie he
is just so funny and the banter between the trio is really good such as Legolas
to Aragorn: "You're
late ... You look terrible." I love it when Gimli claims that he is "wasted
over cross country but deadly over short distances" and that
dwarves don't spring from the ground and that there are female dwarves "That
are so alike in appearance to men that you don't even realise," prompting
a "Its the beards" comment from Aragorn. I really like the way
that the friendship between the trio is shown in the movie like when Legolas
defends Gimli from Éomer and the whole Helm's Deep fight: on the
battlement that Gimli comments to Legolas, as you can barely see his helmet over
the wall, "You could've picked a better spot." As the battle
starts the my favourite quote occurs
between Gimli and Legolas: Gimli: "I can't see, what's happening?"
"Shall I describe it to you, or would you like me to
find you a box?"
I love the way Gandalf returns in such splendor and that he
sounds like Saruman when they can't see his face. I wish I could whistle like
Gandalf! The Warg's were the only thing that looked a little fake - but then
again they had the fur coat of a wallaby so maybe that's how they were ment to
be - and they all kinda looked the same so that's the only thing I was a little disappointed
with - though Aragorn falling over the cliff and being rescued by Brego was a
shows a lot more emotion in this movie as he gets angry at the Orc, he relishes
in bashing up the Rohan people who try to stop Gandalf in the Golden Hall (nice
scene BTW) and even gets frustrated with Aragorn. Only to come back armoured and
apologise and then rush out to give Haldir a "one-handed-manly-hug"
and beam at the appearance of the other Elves.
Though Helm's Deep was really really really sad when Haldir
died. He looked so good in that armour and he fought so well - stupid Orcs.
Helm's Deep was brilliant and I'm sure that was Peter Jackson as the Rohan
warrior who through the spear down at the Orcs near the gate (he had a chainmail
'helmet' on). Fans of the book will greatly revere the fact that the "scoring" of Orc kills between Legolas and
Gimli was included, as the
battle starts Gimli yells to Legolas: "Legolas, Two." In which
the Elf replies: "I'm up to seventeen." Shoots two more Orcs
"Nineteen." Then we hear Gimli counting the number of Orcs that he
has killed as the camera pans around the battlement - a priceless LotR moment.
I'll stop talking about the trio now else I'll go on and on for pages J.
Misc. Scenes: More I hear you say- what more can she say
about this movie? Well there are a couple of scenes that don't really have a
place in any of the above categories but I wanted to mention them anyway. The
first is Éomer and Théodred's return to Edoras - this was so sad and such a
lovely touch as the stricken looks on the faces of the siblings as their cousin
slowly dies whilst their uncle remains in a stupor and the country is run by the
slimy Wormtounge. Then not only does it not stop here but we get to see Éomer
being banished and later on Wormtounge trying (unsuccessfully mind you) to
next is Théoden's grief as he visits the grave of his only son, he has lost so
much and can barely stand to lose anymore (hence the reluctance to make an
offensive), "No parent should ever have to bury their child." And
finally - the music when we see Saruman's forces - the shear magnitude of all of
Okay if you can't tell by now I adore the movie and will watch
it as many times as I can (I'm glad there is the $2 off ticket prices promotion
going on in Australia :)). And now All we have to
do is wait a year for the next one.