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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for epic battle sequences and scary images

Reviewed by: Ken James

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What? Huh?

It’s easy to get lost in all the strange sounding names and places if you’re unfamiliar with “The Lord of the Rings”. This series of stories penned by Christian British author J.R.R. Tolkien was first published in 1954. Since then it has had a profound effect on generations of readers, defining for many the archetypal struggle between good and evil.

In it, we are introduced to many races: Hobbits or halflings (Bilbo, Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin), Wizards with great power (Gandalf, Saruman), wise and peaceful Elves (Legolas, Galadriel, Arwen), Humans (Aragorn, Eowyn, King Theoden), Dwarfs (Gimli), the fiercesome and evil Orcs, and others.

In this epic adventure, Frodo is entrusted with an ancient and most powerful ring (one that rules over all 20 rings originally forged) that the evil Sauron wants for himself. It was lost long ago. If Sauron can capture it, he can become an invincible ruler of all Middle Earth. Frodo must make his way to Mordor where he can cast the ring into a great chasm of fire, forever preventing Sauron from his wicked plan of domination. The entire fate of Middle Earth rests in the hands of a lowly Hobbit.

Starring: Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, Brad Dourif, Bernard Hill, Christopher Lee, Ian McKellen, Dominic Monaghan, Viggo Mortensen, Miranda Otto, John Rhys-Davies, Andy Serkis, Liv Tyler, Karl Urban, Hugo Weaving, David Werham, Elijah Wood | Directed by: Peter Jackson | Produced by: Barrie M. Osborne, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh | Written by: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Stephen Sinclair, Peter Jackson (based on the novel by JRR Tolkien) | Distributor: New Line Cinema

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Awaken companions. Middle Earth awaits. The time for “The Two Towers” has come. The second film in the epic trilogy based on the writings of JRR Tolkien has opened to fans around the world.

This three-hour long story is darker than the first, devoid of the happy times of the Shire as Frodo (Elijah Wood) and Sam (Sean Astin) press on toward Mordor, now separated from the fellowship that set out from Rivendell. While the bearer of the ring continues in his journey, Aragorn the Human (Viggo Mortensen), Gimli the Dwarf (John Rhys-Davies) and Legolas the Elf (Orlando Bloom) track down Hobbits Merry (Dominic Monaghan) and Pippin (Billy Boyd) who were abducted by Orcs at the conclusion of “The Fellowship of the Ring” and are on their way to see Wizard Saruman (Christopher Lee).

Andy Serkis, the actor behind the CG based GollumSeveral new characters are introduced in “The Two Towers”. Among them is the CG-based Gollum (voice and movement given by Andy Serkis, perhaps destined for an Oscar for “Best Supporting Actor”); Humans of Rohan King Theoden (Bernard Hill), his niece Eowyn (Miranda Otto) and Nephew Eomer (Karl Urban), the evil adviser Wormtongue (Brad Dourif), and others. The animated trees of the Fangorn Forest, led by the Ent Treebeard (voice by John Rhys-Davies), also come to wonderful life and play a big part in the assault upon Isengard.

The heavy violence, use of wizardry, and frightening images (demonic in appearance) in “The Two Towers” are the most concerning elements. There is no sex or profanity. (Gollum isn’t wearing much, but he’s a CG character and doesn’t show anything.) Aragon shares a few more kisses with his love Arwen the Elf (Liv Tyler). Battle after battle ensue: the fierce Uruk-hai vs. the Riders of Rohan, Orc mounted upon Wargs (a mix of bear, wolf and hyena) vs. Rohan warriors again, and the MASSIVE** 10,000 strong army of Saruman vs. every man, woman and child of the Rohan Kingdom in the battle at Helm’s Deep.

More specifically, we witness one or two head dismemberments (though not particularly gory), a head impaled upon a stake as dead Orc bodies smolder, and a large number of sword fights and stabbings. But if the first film didn’t bother you, this one probably won’t either. That said, I don’t recommend this for those under fifteen.

** MASSIVE is the ground-breaking software that WETA Digital has developed that enables the CG Orcs numbering 10,000 strong to each independently choose from several offensive and defensive moves as they are engaged in battle. Each computerized warrior has its own brain, in essence. In an earlier version of MASSIVE, Producer Barrie Osborne told me of how about half of the Orcs that approached the enemy decided to run away as deserters rather than fight their opponent!

The evil in “The Two Towers” can be quite frightening, seen personified in several characters: the Human Grima Wormtongue (and the bewitching he has done upon King Theoden as his trusted adviser), the beastly Orcs, and the dead spirits in the Dead Marshes that seek to make captive Frodo and Sam. The two towers are said to represent different kinds of evil: Barad-dur, fortress of the Dark Lord Sauron, sends out a dark mist of evil that pervades entire regions, whereas Orthanc, Saruman the White’s tower of Isengard (a sickening flattery of Barad-dur) represents a more personal evil. No matter what kind of evil it is, our unlikely heroes know that it must be fought.

Theoden, King of Rohan and Gandalf the White

Tolkien himself was anti-war, having fought in World War I and penning this story during the events of WWII. He faced horrible tragedy in the loss of his closest friends and saw firsthand the evil that exists in our world. A committed Christian and contemporary of CS Lewis who helped him along in his own pursuit of the Creator, Tolkien clearly denied that “The Lord of the Rings” is an allegory of the gospel. Yet there is much to glean from its pages.

The most positive elements include the bonds of friendship, the continual battle against evil, redemption of those who seem perhaps beyond hope (in Gollum), the choices one can make to choose the right, concern for the environment (with the substory surrounding the Ents, Keepers of the Forest), and one word: HOPE. There is always hope. Samwise Gamgee, Frodo’s faithful companion, becomes a narrator during this tale and offers profound thoughts, perhaps the chief of which is “there is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.”

(For a more detailed look, we recommend Finding God in the Lord of the Rings by Kurt Bruner and Jim Ware).

I noted several spiritual themes in this story that are worth a closer look. Frodo and Sam find themselves disagreeing about Gollum and the role he should play in helping them. Can he be trusted? Frodo feels a certain bond to him, as they both share the experience of being a bearer of the great ring. Yet Sam believes Gollum will betray their trust and murder them in the night, stealing back “my precioussss.” Is one so foul in appearance beyond redemption? Surprisingly, you can’t help but begin to find a soft spot for the pitiful Gollum. And such an extension of grace and trust by Frodo begins to bring out schizophrenic episodes in Gollum as his darker self begins to argue with the goodness and innocence that tries to come to the surface. I found these scenes particularly interesting and clever; even humorous.

Grima Wormtongue and King Theoden of Rohan

Those who know the story already will also know that Gandalf returns as an even more powerful figure. In a dream sequence Frodo has at the start of the story, we witness how Gandalf the Grey fought with the fiery demon Balrog as the two fell deep below the earth in the Mines of Moria. Gandalf eventually defeats his enemy, but lies near death until he is supernaturally revived and healed, sent back to Middle Earth to complete his task not yet finished. The parallels to Jesus’ defeat of Satan through his death, burial and resurrection can be recognized for those who look.

In one scene with spiritual warfare significance, Gandalf the White enters the oppressive darkness of the Court of Rohan where King Theoden is under the spell of the serpent-like Grima Wormtongue (a pawn of Saruman). He breaks the spell the King has been under, and with dazzling light a scene of exorcism takes place. The nearly-dead King is restored to health and vigor, able to see things for what they are and no longer willing to take the counsel of his once-trusted advisor.

Peter Jackson, Director, Producer and Writer for “The Lord of the Rings” film trilogy

When I spoke with Director/Producer/Writer Peter Jackson, affectionately known as “PJ” by the tight-knit cast and crew who describe him as a genius, he made it known that “The Two Towers” is simply the second act of the larger trilogy. It is really a 10-hour epic film, though released over a three-year period. There is no “when last we saw Frodo and Sam they were…” So if you’ve seen “Fellowship” and enjoyed it, I know you’ll love “The Two Towers”. If you’ve not seen the first movie, spend a few bucks and watch it before this one. You’ll be lost without, unless you’ve read the books.

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Viewer Comments
Comments below:
Positive—I loved this movie. The most human character is Gollum, a nonhuman, who struggles with his good and evil sides. He is also quite amazing since he is computer generated. In addition, he is quite humorous. The movie is more of an action flick this time, without as much character development.

The special effects were great. The movie is very violent and parents should use discretion when allowing children to view this movie. I liked the way evil was portrayed by its ugly appearance in the Orcs, Uruk-Hai, Wormtongue, and Gollum. This was unrealistic yet refreshing. The serpent in the Garden was quite beautiful as I recall.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could spot evil so easily in our lives? The war between good and evil at Helms Deep was impressive and inspiring. Churchill said nothing is as exhilerating as being shot at without effect. I felt this through the triumph of Aragorn in the great battle. Gandalf assumes even a more powerful and angelic role than in the Fellowship. Whether this is suppose to be Christian imagery or not I do not know. Nevertheless, it certainly made me think of the spiritual realm.
My Ratings: [Average / 5]
—Mark L. Gilliam, age 41
Positive—I absolutely loved the Fellowship of the Ring and was quick to see the second in the trilogy but was somewhat disappointed. I didn’t think that it was as good as the first and that it lacked a unifying theme throughout the various scenes and characters. However, I would still suggest that people go and see it. Although it lacked the intensity and great interest as the first, nothing offensive comes to mind. I personally didn’t think that this film was “scarier” than the first, nor as bloody.
My Ratings: [Good / 5]
—Alexandra, age 21
Positive—One year ago, I walked into The Fellowship of the Ring. When I walked out, it was with a renewed respect for J.R.R. Tolkien. As a Christian, I’d seen far more than mere mythology. I’d seen profound truth in the most unexpected of places. With high hopes, I went into The Two Towers. I didn’t come out disappointed. If you were impressed with the first film, prepared to be floored by the second.

The filmmaking is spectacular, the acting stellar, and the CGI-created characters (including Gollum) are incredible. I never once felt I was watching a computer-generated actor. But beyond that, the true worth lies in the spiritual parallels. Tolkien originally claimed not to have written the novels as an allegory, but admitted later in his life that “[they] are a profoundly religious and Catholic work… the religious element is absorbed into the story and symbolism.”

Thus said, “symbolism” abounds, some of it unabashedly blunt: such as the obvious Gandalf “Christ-figure” emphasis. There are parallels to the valley of death, the second coming of Christ, and the eternal message that hope will always prevail. Seeking for these parallels has become something of a passion for me. I encourage others to try it: you may be surprised at what you find.
My Ratings: [Good / 5]
Charity Bishop, age 19
Positive—Wow, opening night-The Two Towers, what a movie! You have to see it in the theatre to appreciate the scenery. The acting was superb, the scenery spectacular, the costumes and design were so detailed. One scene is engraved in my head which made me think of what it will be like when Jesus returns, the clash of good vs evil in battle, so much to say so little space. I can’t say enough good things about this movie. Go see it, there better be awards given to The Two Towers!
My Ratings: [5]
—Sharon J Boyer, age 40
Positive—What can I say? Two Towers is another great chapter in the epic story of Lord of the Rings. All of the main characters (old and new) are truly memorable, the sweeping vistas breathtaking, and the action exhilirating. While quite different from the book, many of Tolkiens main themes are preserved, such as mercy, the hope of second chances (ie. for Gollum/Smeagol), and fighting for the good of the world, even if you think you’ll die trying.

Forgiveness and faith also are prevalent in the film. To be honest, I was worried about how the movie would portray Theoden’s exorcism by Gandalf, but the aspect of demonism was completely avoided, with the restoration being quiet and subtle. There was more violence and gore in this film, but like the first film, the orcs (goblins), felt the brunt of it. Wonderful, wonderful film. NOT FOR CHILDREN! :)
My Ratings: [Better than Average / 5]
—Kim, age 19
Positive—Once again Jackson shows us that Middle Earth can be a reality. It has been in our heads for so long that is puts tears in our eyes to see it come alive in such a detailed way that you may forget that there is a real world, until the three hour adventure is done. The Two Towers really has the spirit that Tolkien put in his books, it has a lot of talking and speeches.

I can see where children (and adults) could find this boring, but I wouldn’t have Jackson change this what so ever. The philosophy of the move is fantastic. The directer nearly got everything that Tolkien wants his readers to get. All but one, Jackson seems to always forget the whole idea of when hope is all gone there is always revenge. This is throughout all of Tolkien’s books. But, I guess we aren’t all perfect. But the movie was well made, and there was very little wrong with it. (Except Frodo in Gondor, that was weird).

I would suggest people from 10 and up to see this, and to have some good conversations with their parents, and friends. I know I had some good discussions with my friends when it was done. It is very refreshing to see Movies doing this again. I cannot wait to see the wonder of Return of the King.
My Ratings: [Better than Average / 5]
—Ken Peterson, age 22
Positive—I was a fan of the first, and now I am a fan of the second part of this epic. I was wowed by the spiritual parallels (the internal struggles of Gollum, the “excorsism” of evil, and the friendship loyalties of the Fellowship.) The goriness/horrific images of much of the Orc related scenes, put me a little on my guard, but if anything they give me a scarry face for evil. Parents, please screen this movie for your young teenagers. Go Lord of the Rings!
My Ratings: [Average / 4½]
—Maile Richards, age 22
Positive—Great movie, Gollum was perfect. as entertaining as the first third of the film. However, I would warn fans of the book, it strays much further than Fellowship did. and many including myself will be upset over the major change in Foramear’s (brother of Boramear) character. I highly recommend this film to anyone who has seen fellowship, and intend to take my 9 year old brother, (who sat through 1 twice in the theater and didn’t move once)
My Ratings: [Good / 5]
—Adam A., age 19
Positive—This film and its previous one will hopefully prove to Hollywood that the majority of people are more interested in a well done, well thought out movie then the junk that is usually put on the screens. The only thing I personally found in poor taste was some of the previews they choose to show before the movie. As far as the movie all I can say is WOW!!! And I can’t wait for the next one!!!…
My Ratings: [Better than Average / 5]
Positive—After just getting back from watching this movie, I felt I had to comment. I find that the reviewer gives a balanced review of this movie. The cinemetography was lovely and the computer graphics spectacular. I think the “downside” of this movie is the violence and the depiction of evil. There was a lot of violence in this movie (but to be expected) but for that reason, I would highly caution parents from taking children under 15 or so to see this.

As for the depiction of the enemy, it can become quite disturbing (eg. some of the bad guys look like they’re decomposing and others just truly look like big, ugly embodiments of evil.) As for any biblical parallels in this movie (other than good vs. bad and the hope/faith vs. hopelessness), the one that seemed most apparent to me was the character Smeagal (Gollum?).

The fact that he always referred to himself as “We” made me think of the man in the Bible who Jesus cast demons out of. The Lord asked the man, “What is your name?” the answer: “Legion—because we are many.” On top of that, the battle of his good and evil sides made me think all the more of that Bible account.

Bottome line: Good movie (highly recommend seeing “Lord of the Rings 1” first… I hesitate to call this a Christian movie per say (thinking about that exorcism…) but that, violence, and graphics makes Lord of the Rings Two Towers a good choice for mature teens and adult viewers.
My Ratings: [Average / 5]
—Albie, age 18
Positive—With the second part of Tolkien’s three-part epic, Peter Jackson and Co. present another wonderful film, from a film perspective alone. “The Two Towers” is quite different from the first film. The whole feel of the movie is darker, with more horrific scenes and more fantasy. Visually, it is once again stunning, even more so than the first. There is too much to say about the quality of the work done by the creators of the film, so just know that it is amazing.

Unfortunately, for those of us who have read the book, it is simply impossible to live up to them and include everything. Aside from Gollum (Smeagol), the new characters are not developed well, mainly to stay under the three-hour mark. Gollum’s character, however, is done superbly and is the most memorable in the film. Each book warrants a film twice as long as what we are given, but nobody would sit through a six-hour movie. The film does stray from the text at some points, which is to be expected.

What is amazing about the books is that Tolkien did not plan them out before hand. He just sat down and wrote them from the start. He did not intend to write any allegory, but it is clear that his Christian beliefs shine through the writing. Thankfully, much of this is seen in the movie. Everything that blew audiences away in the first film is done on a much grander scale in the second.

These are the most violent PG-13 movies I have ever seen, but they are not very gory. No sex. No profanity. These could very well be the best cinema our generation will experience. But read the books, because they are even better and provide the detail that makes Tolkien’s work truly amazing.
My Ratings: [Better than Average / 5]
—Britt Andrews, age 18
Comments from young people
Positive—An excellent film! I am something (alright, rather excessive, I admit!) of a Tolkien nut, so naturally I quivered a bit at some of the departures from the book. But only in a few places did I feel the film strays too far—in most places the departures work, and have the proper “feel” to them.

I disliked the Ents—I felt they could have been done better, and the depiction of Treebeard was all wrong (hasty, yes, terribly sorry, hoom hom). I thought the voiceover by Galadriel was rather goofy, and I would have cut out half of the scenes with Arwen. No, not just because they lacked sword-play! Alright, maybe mainly because they lacked sword play…

Now, negative words aside: my wait was not disappointed. After the awful previews bore themselves out (as an infrequent movie-goer, I forget the stupidity UnHolywood produces), we sweep into Middle Earth and are soon treated to an incredible sequence of Gandalf and the Balrog’s fight deep within the earth. Magnificant! Whirring on we get our first look at Gollum: and Gollum, or Smeagol, is, I think, the finest character of the film.

Here’s hoping Andy Serkis gets his hands on a little gold man this year. His depiction of Gollum was remarkably moving and real—and very, very much like the book, which of course made me happy. Rohan was wonderful, and Eowyn was a sterling character. Her nobility and beauty—and the sadness woven about her—came off excellently. Wormtongue and Theoden were great, though I thought the “exorcism” of Theoden rather odd: wasn’t expecting that. Theoden’s recital of verse was grand—very Rohanish.

The Battle of Helm’s Deep: Ai! Ai! I cried out with Gimli and held score. All in all a great film, free from the sex, profanity, and crudities so typical in film. And the violence, while tense, could have been far worse: as in Fellowship, camera movement is swift and blood is surprisingly in little evidence. Considering the gore that goes with medieval-style warfare, we were spared.

The orcs are nasty, and the Nazgul (how bout them foul dwimmerliks they were on?) and Dead of the Marshes are terrifying of course, although I noticed more humaness this time—note the orcs are quite cognent. There is much for the Christian to take from Middle Earth, but I don’t have time to go into it: and I haven’t really examined the film, considering it differs substantially from the book.

Younger children would likely be frightened by the orcs and Nazgul and such, but for everyone else, this is a fine epic adventure, except for some hardcore Tolkien purists. (I am still wondering how Frodo got back over the Anduin after his detour with Faramir…)
My Ratings: [Better than Average / 5]
—Jonathan, age 17
Positive—As a Christian teen and a fan of the books, I thought it was a great movie though it is much darker then “Fellowship” but the evil is portrayed as evil and not something mild. That’s how the world is and when they fight they do so to survive. I’d recommend for teens and up but there is no sex or cursing which is always good. I shall view this several times and is one of my top favorite movies now and I recommend it for anyone who has seen Fellowship (you NEED to see that first or it won’t make sense).
My Ratings: [Better than Average / 5]
—Brandon, age 17
Positive—I just got back, opening night, and it was incredible! The story has undertaken a completely Biblical sensation! I have read many, many reviews, most from a secular POV, and they don’t seem to grasp the Truth of Tolkien’s work that the Christians have! There is so much Biblical truth, it’s fantastic!

As for objectionable material, the fighting is intense and slightly gory; the sight of Orcs being impaled and men being slain is hard to grasp at a young age. I’d suggest 12 and over. Other than the fighting, which is a fact of life, this movie is the most powerful and deepest created yet. And kudos for Gollum! He was the star of the show! Absolutely spectacular!
My Ratings: [Good / 5]
—Adam Boyer, age 17
Positive—First, I must say this is an excellent film and I enjoyed it a lot! Okay, first the good: The movie, like the first one, stayed true to the story, for the most part. This film even includes lines from the book which were inserted to help bring us closer to the book. The locations in New Zealand are astounding. Rohan, a country of men who are masters of horses, is beautiful.

The music inspires the same feelings I had when reading the book. It IS the music for Middle Earth. The theme for Rohan was the highlight of the score. It was really simple, and yet it seemed to fit every time they used it. It almost made me feel patriotic… Brad Dourif’s performace was the best of the new characters. He did an excellent job portraying the evilness, and the humanity about him. It’s refreshing to see villains who are evil (like Saruman and Wormtongue) and are not encouraged to be liked by the audience, so you really DO hope the heroes win. A really interesting villain. Karl Urban (Eomer) and Bernard Hill (King Theoden) also turned in good and memorable performances.

Gimli develops more and more as we watch him. Though he was the only comic relief throughout the film, he is utterly hilarious, so I forgive him. There are some interesting scenes between Elrond and Arwen… very thought provoking, and very sweet. Meanwhile, Frodo and Sam meet Gollum on their way to Mordor.

Gollum is absolutely seamless, nothing was fake about him. The CGI was totally convincing. They did an excellent job portraying his conflicting sides… Now the bad: I personally liked “The Fellowship Of The Ring” better because it seemed to stay truer to the spirit of Tolkien. The pacing for “Two Towers” was too fast. It really distracted you from what was trying to be said.

The violence was more heavy, more brutal, and there was way more of it. The score (though it carried the film well) lacked a lot of new material (aside from the Rohan theme). The last march of the Ents was a little less spectacular then I imagined, and the battle for Helms Deep was way too spectacular. It wasn’t that big in the book. The film really overdid it.

Plus, there was a surprising lack of Saruman, which is sorely missed, since it seems the only villains are mindless Uruk Hai. That pretty much sums it up. It was a wonderful film, second only to the Fellowship. The Catholic world view of Tolkien shows in his works, and they did a fair job incorporating that into the films. The magic and wizardry is not realistic, and is almost metaphorical in a sense, of spiritual warfare.

Congrats to Peter Jackson! May thy films ever be good. GO SEE THIS MOVIE, AND BUY THE DVD! Hooray for “The Lord Of The Rings”!
My Ratings: [Better than Average / 5]
—Cade Loven, age 16
Positive—This film is awesome! Even though it may not be as true to the book as it could be, all the changes made are necessary to make this a watchable film. The three storylines are done so that they parallel each other in mood, a brilliant move by the screen writers. In terms of worldview this one is obviously more Christian with many great temptation scenes from Faramir to Gollum. There is also a scene that reminds me of the casting out of demons. Great Movie!!!
My Ratings: [Better than Average / 5]
—Andy, age 16
Positive—I think this is one of the best movies that has come out this year. Not only are most movies trashed with immoral stuff and swear words and a whole bunch a junk, we finally get a clean, exciting, humorous, eye-boggling epic movie without any of the normal garbage. It is a definite watch.
My Ratings: [Good / 5]
—Tyler, age 16
Positive—The Two Towers is an excellent film that shows clear Christian views. It shows the struggle between good and evil, and that no matter how outnumbered you appear to be, you should never give up. In Frodo’s and Sam’s case, the movie shows that you should try to destroy evil, though you may die trying to do so.

Yes, the orcs are ugly, but so is evil. There is no gore and no profuse bleeding. There are a few kisses between Aragorn and Arwen, but they don’t have the “juicyness” of Star Wars Episode II. If I recall correctly, in most cases it showed them starting and went into a view that was farther away and/or not as “personal.”

I think that these scenes with Arwen were necessary to show that Aragorn was being faithful to Arwen and not falling in love with Eowyn, who was giving him some looks. There is much humor to lighten up the darkness of this film. Legolas was cool, as was Gimli. I won’t ruin the special effects in trying to describe them. A must see film!!
My Ratings: [Excellent! / 5]
—Joshua and Sonja, age 15
Positive—The Two Towers has a lot more battle sequences than the Fellowship of the Ring. However, the only part I consider scary is where Frodo and Sam are in the Dead Marshes. The acting was wonderful and the music kept you on your toes. You should read the books first; my dad(who never read the books) was lost. Overall, it was a great film.
My Ratings: [Good / 5]
—Zak, age 13
Positive—I have been a Tolkien fan from the very beginning of the film “The Fellowship of the Ring,” which is the first in the film trilogy. I have counted down the days until The two towers for almost a year now, and finally today was the day! I found Peter Jackson’s adaptation of the film excellent! He really brought the characters to life, and made me feel like I was swept of to middle earth.

There was about a 1 and ½ hour battle scene in the movie, which seemed to drag out forever. What do you expect when you are fighting off 10,000 orcs though?! Romance and comedy appear throughout the story, which makes it more enjoyable for different sorts of audiences. More gory than the 1st, be prepared. Nothing that will give you nightmares or anything like that is affiliated though, if you are above the age of eleven. I highly recommend this for anyone who is in search of adventure and action!
My Ratings: [Good / 5]
—Sarah aka: Legolas_Luver, age 13
Positive—I have been wanting to see LoTR since I saw the first movie, and ever since then, I have been a die-hard fan. This movie is even better! What can I say… it was sooooo cool! I loved it but, I will warn you about the following:

1. The violence is sometimes quite heavy, so watch out for the younger children. They WILL get scared—especially of Gollum. and…

2. There is a slight “passionate kiss” in the movie. It is between Aragorn and Arwen. But, it is JUST a kiss—nothing else. It just is a little bit prolonged, but it is nothing too graphic and all ages should be able to few it… Knowing that, it’s an AWESOME, AWESOME MOVIE!!! Go see it!
My Ratings: [Good / 5]
—Anna Arango, age 11
Neutral—This movie is very interesting. The trees come alive. I recommend this for anybody who has seen the first one and enjoyed it, but I would have waited till dvd.
My Ratings: [Average / 3½]
—Matthew Shaw, age 7
Comments from non-viewers
I have read the books, but have not yet seen the film. Nevertheless, a couple of comments here have bothered me. I have never gotten the impression that Tolkien was “anti-war.” Certainly, he hated it for the awful thing it was. However, the LOTR series shows he thought it necessary to stamp out evil sometimes, even when we’d rather be comfortable in our little Hobbit holes.

Also, Gandalf is not a Christ-figure. I don’t know if his “resurrection” is meant to mirror that or not. Aragorn is the Christ-figure. He is the son of the king who laid aside his glory until it was time to reclaim it. In the meantime, he takes on the role of humble servant and healer.

I believe Gandalf was modeled off of the Old Testament Valar. In any case, these books were the best I’ve ever read. When I have seen the second film I will probably have some comments to make, especially on the changes “PJ” makes.
—Cathy, age 27