Okay, so it’s been a few days now and I figure that it’s about time I fulfill my promise and comment on The Two Towers.
First off, my first impressions of the movie were unfortunately coloured by the fact that I saw it on an IMAX screen while sitting in the second row. Not something I’d recommend to anyone, especially for such a visually intensive movie as this is. That being said, it was still a very good movie, but I know I’m going to have to see it again on a normal screen (with better seating) to get a lot of the things that I missed due to my poor viewing angle.
I enjoyed the movie thoroughly (at least what I managed to decipher from the blur of constantly scanning left to right and back across the screen), but in my opinion, it wasn’t as good as the first one. For me there was no spine-shivering moment as there was in the first one when Gandalf faced the Balrog and said “YOU SHALL NOT PASS!” I also felt that the departures from the original work (both small and large) were unnecessary and detracted from the overall story. The story could have stood on it’s own merits without the addition of Frodo going anywhere near Osgiliath, or with Aragorn being lost in the wilderness… and I won’t even mention the Ents (I’ll leave that for Jon *wry grin*).
I’ll probably have more to say after I see it a second time, but for now that is all.
Oh.. alright. One last thing. The Nazgül were wickedly cool looking in their new incarnation. Exactly how I’d pictured them.