Ode to A Great Friendship

This is the first of many blogs for my Introduction To Film Class.  I’m taking.  For this week’s discussion into great films, I would like to discuss the Lord of the Rings trilogy.  More specifically, I would like to discuss “The Two Towers.”  This movie was released on December 18th, 2002.   It is based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic novel of the same name.  Fran Walsh has been the top credit of the screenplay (according to IMDB).  Peter Jackson also has a credit for writing the screenplay, but he has been wildly celebrated a success with his work as the director in the franchise.

The Key Players are As Follows:

Sean Astin Samwise ‘Sam’ Gamgee
Orlando Bloom Legolas Greenleaf
Bernard Hill Theoden
Christopher Lee Saruman the White
Ian McKellen Gandalf
Viggo Mortensen Aragorn
John Rhys-Davies Gimli / Voice of Treebeard
Andy Serkis Gollum
Liv Tyler Arwen
Karl Urban Eomer
Hugo Weaving Elrond
David Wenham Faramir
Elijah Wood Frodo Baggins

 

The Two Towers follows two hobbits as they have left the company of men, dwarves,  and elves as they are on their way to Mount Doom to destroy the main villain’s source of power, The One Ring.  We see lots of battles for Middle Earth.  Then there are many slower scenes where we get to know the two hobbits better.  One of the most favorite scene between the two is this scene between Sam and Frodo about not giving up in the face of great adversity.  Which is a great theme, if you ask me!

 

 

 

 

This movie does not always present itself chronologically.  There are times where we see flashback s to Gollum’s transformation into what he is.  We get to see shadows of how Frodo may become under the ring’s influence,  through the eyes of Gollum’s memories of what he did once he possessed it. 

Then there are times where we shift from those battle scenes to the more serious scenes between Frodo and Sam.  This aesthetic choice does leave an audience wondering what part of the classic story will be told next.  We are let to wonder whatever happened with the other part of the storyline.  The general setting Jackson chose made an interesting contrast between what is going on in his scenes,  and the world that Tolkien has created for us to read about (and further for Jackson to help portray on the screen).

If the film had not followed this non-linear style, it would have been completely against what the audience would have expected from this classic Tolkien story.  Those that had been strict fans would have rebelled, and then Jackson and Tolkien’s wonderful storylines, plots, and twists and turns would have gotten lost.  This movie franchise would also not have done as well as it did.

 

References:

The Two Towers Movie Quotes.  Retrieved From: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0167261/quotes

The Two Towers Movie Stats.  Retrieved From: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0167261/?ref_=ttqt_qt_tt

Movie Footage (Courtesy of MagicalGirlGaming on youtube and) New Line Home Entertainment.  Retrieved From: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEMdXhfO-Wk

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