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Feature: The Two Towers – Review Preview

The cinematic achievement of the year. Again.

Frodo and Sam won't find life easy…

A quick Q&A for impatient readers: Is it as extraordinary as the first film? Yes, in different ways

Is Gollum really the most three-dimensional digital creation ever? Yes, the little tyke certainly is. Will the battle of Helm’s Deep blow me away? Yes, it is the first legal mind-expanding drug. Is it absolutely perfect? No, the Treebeard scenes resemble a Jim Henson conservationist movie. Will the Academy recognize Jackson’s work this time? Bet your life on it.

Comparisons with The Empire Strikes Back prove well-founded, in both fragmented structure and downbeat ambience. While the vibe of the first movie was ‘It’s an impossible task, but we will succeed’, this one’s general tone is, ‘Aargh! What were we thinking?!’

Two Towers barely pauses for breath in the first hour as Frodo and Sam gain a new guide to Mordor in Ring junkie Gollum, and Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas restlessly track the abducted Merry and Pippin. It would be wrong to reveal the specifics of this incredibly eventful and thrilling plot for those who might be unfamiliar with the books, but suffice to say that many new allegiances are born, culminating with a Zulu-esque battle against 10,000-plus Urak-hai at the mountain stronghold of Helm’s Deep.

by Jason Caro

The full review can be found in the next issue, on sale 2 January 2003. For all the current film news and reviews you need see
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