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Movie Review: "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" Extended Edition (2002)

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Quick Info

Director: Peter Jackson
Studio: New Line Cinema/Warner Brothers Studios
Release Date: November 18, 2003, for the DVD, August 28, 2012, for the Blu-Ray
Runtime: 223 minutes
Availability: On DVD and Blu-Ray, check your local retailer or buy online on Amazon

Story Summary

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Extended Edition is a longer version of the theatrical cut of the original 2002 movie.

The Fellowship of the Ring has been split up, Legolas, Aragorn, and Gimli are chasing the Uruks that kidnapped Merry and Pippin, Gandalf fell in Moria and Frodo and Sam are taking the Ring to Mount Doom on their own. Meanwhile, Uruks are overrunning the country of Rohan.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Trailer

The Story Is Fantastic!

I love the story of The Lord of the Rings, and The Two Towers is an excellent continuation of the story. The Quest for the Ring continues as the story broadens outside of just the Fellowship. I enjoyed the new characters a lot and that we got to see more countries in Middle-Earth.

We also are introduced to new creatures in Middle-Earth and the Ents are an interesting species and are an entertaining addition to the characters in Middle-Earth.


The Extended Edition Adds More Character Interactions

I love the extended editions because they add more character interactions that weren’t in the original theatrical editions. The extra scenes are a lot of fun and we get to see characters like Boromir again because of a flashback Faramir has.
We also get to see Denethor early before he shows up in The Return Of The King Extended Edition.

I also enjoy more interactions between Merry and Pippin and Treebeard. There are also more scenes in Rohan and Aragorn gets to do more things. I love that there are also more references to the books which I really enjoy.

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The Visual Effects Are Still Good!

The cinematography and visual effects of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Extended Edition is still amazing. The balance of CGI and practical effects are excellent. It’s not completely flawless because these movies have aged.

Still, the movie has wonderful costume designs and amazing sets. The movie looks fantastic and New Zealand is beautiful, it’s a wonderful place and not just because it’s where they filmed the movie.


The Acting Is Excellent

The acting in this movie is phenomenal, not only the core Fellowship of the Ring but newcomers to the cast. Not only does the original cast give performances that are equal to what they did in The Fellowship of the Ring, but we have a slew of newcomers to talk about.

Bernard Hill as Théoden, the King of Rohan. His acting is excellent and he did a terrific job in this role. He portrays a wide range of emotion throughout the movie and he was fantastic.

Karl Urban is very good as Éomer, his role has been reduced from his role in the book, but he’s still an important character. He is a great character that didn’t get to do much in the movie because they didn’t have him at Helm’s Deep with Aragorn and Théoden like in the books.

Miranda Otto was excellent as Éowyn, they gave her character a lot of depth and Miranda gave a spectacular performance in this movie. She was great and portrayed the character very well.

David Wenham did a great job as Faramir; he’s a great actor, even if the writing for his character in this movie was not that great. It’s not his fault, it’s the character writing. But the extended edition does give him more character development.

Andy Serkis was fantastic as Sméagol/Gollum and he was great, not just because of his motion capture performance. He was a great actor and he gave a great vocal performance too. This made him a motion capture star and I wish they’d cast him as a normal actor and not just a mo-cap actor.

The Lord of the Rings; The Two Towers, "King of the Golden Hall" by Howard Shore

The Soundtrack is Great

Howard Shore’s music is wonderful and compliments the film very well. The score not only uses motifs from The Fellowship of the Ring, but Howard Shore added new themes for the new places and characters in the film.

The music is wonderful and evokes emotion. The music is beautiful and enhances the cinematography and every aspect of the movie.


Story and Character Changes Are Annoying

The plot is great, well for the most part. The deviations from the book are annoying, mainly regarding the writer’s treatment of Treebeard, making the Ents rather useless until the end of the movie.

I also didn’t like that they added extra drama for Arwen and Elrond and making his character against Arwen’s marriage to Aragorn. In the book, he would permit it once Aragorn became King of Gondor. There wasn’t any drama about the relationship whatsoever so adding this unnecessary drama just made the movie longer.

Changing Faramir’s character to be different than how he is in the book. In the books, he was noble and was able to resist the Ring immediately when he had seen it. In the movie, they dragged it out so they could have angsty drama. The extended scenes do make the movie better because they add more characterization to Faramir.

The Movie Is So Long!

This movie is so long. It’s even longer than the previous movie. It does make it very daunting to watch for the first time. I would recommend splitting the movie in half.

One reason viewers might not like the movie is that is a huge time-sink to watch. It takes a long time to watch these films and some people might not want to dedicate that much time to these movies I did go to the movie theater to see this one and it was so long my butt go sore.

It was still worth it to me, but only watch this if you really want to. It does take a lot of time to get through, but it is so worth watching.


This movie is rated PG-13 for blood and violence.


The Special Features Are Great

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Extended Edition has so many interesting and wonderful special features. There are so many interesting videos of behind-the-scenes footage. I love all the making-of footage and the cast, but interviews as well.

There are documentaries on casting, production, the visual effects, the score and so much footage that makes it so interesting to watch if you want to see how they made the movies.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - 4k/Blu-ray Comparison

The 4k Blu-Ray Fixed the Blu-Ray's Video Issues

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers did have some odd coloring choices in the blu-ray release, I have heard the movie had a weird blue tint in the coloring. The 4K release has fixed that. But the color corrections might be disliked by some viewers.

It’s a Great Movie and One of My Favorites

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Extended Edition is one of my favorite movies and it is the movie that made me love the fantasy genre. The story and the characters are what made me love fantasy stories.

Even though these movies aren’t perfect, they’re the stories that make me love movies and filmmaking and fantasy movies. It’s a wonderful story with excellent characters and visual effects and movies.

I love fantasy movies and it’s thanks to The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Quick Summary

What Works:What Doesn't Work:

Great, story, characters, and world-building

Move's length is daunting

Great actors

Character changes that deviate from the books are annoying

Wonderful soundtrack


Amazing special features


Final Grade: A+

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers extended edition is an excellent movie. It’s a wonderful fantasy movie that anyone who loves the genre will enjoy.

It’s well worth your time and money to buy it, whether you pick it up on blu-ray, DVD or a digital copy. It’s my favorite fantasy movie and my favorite movie trilogy.

If you want to experience the best version of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, you should watch this version of the movie. It brings the movie closer to the books despite the changes Peter Jackson made in the film. The extended edition is the superior version of the movies and the version that will give you a more faithful adaptation of the book.

I highly recommend The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Extended Edition to anyone who enjoyed the theatrical editions of the movie. If you’re just curious, borrow it from someone. If you don’t like the movies being longer than they already are, just stick to the normal version. It’s well worth your time and money, especially if you enjoy the Lord of the Rings books or movies. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Extended Edition is the final movie in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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