Sunday, January 05, 2003

I just saw Two Towers. Grr. I don't think they did nearly as good a job as they did with Fellowship. For one thing, they chopped eight entire chapters out. That was really annoying. Helm's Deep was one chapter in the book and took up half the movie. Sure battle scenes are exciting, but that's no excuse. And as if that wasn't bad enough, they even added in extra bits that did not belong at all. To me, that's just an insult to a really great book. I'm sure most of the missing stuff will show up in Return of the King, but still.... Hmph. It's also more disappointing since they had gotten off to such a good start with the first movie. Oh well.

On the plus side, most of the various creatures were really good. The Oliphaunts were perfect. The Orcs and Wargs were good too, though I don't think the latter were actually in this book. The winged steeds of the Nazgûl were excellent. And Gollum was awesome, especially the Slinker/Stinker scenes. I'd always imagined him as even more skin-and-bones, and a bit more reptilian, but that's okay. He was done really very well. The Ents were okay. They seemed a bit "hasty" but I guess they had to be sped up a bit, or the movie would have gone on for days.

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