||December 18, 2002
||Bow and arrow. spears, swords,
battle axe, wizard's staff, torches, Saruman, more swords,
flying rocks, wargs, Sting, the one ring, Sauron, and oliphaunts.
|"In a world where..."
||"I come to you now, at the turn of
||Leave work early for this one.
Disclaimer: I love the books, and have read them four times.
I loved the first movie. Factor that in when I say that you'd have
to be an idiot to not like this trailer.
Few trailers have captured my attention like The Two Towers.
I found myself wanting to watch this trailer again and again. It
was much better than Cats.
The Two Towers trailer opens with fantastic shots of snow
capped mountains. Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas are approached by the
Riders of Rohan. "What business does an elf, a man and a dwarf
have in the Riddermark?" Sounds like the start of a bad joke,
but these riders are all business. Trust and hope are forsaken in
these lands. The dark forces are rising. The light of good is growing
Spoiler Alert! If you haven't read the book or seen the
trailer then you may want to avert your eyes.
Gandalf who the boys left to fall to his death off the bridge at
Khazad Dum makes a phenomenal recovery to reappear in this trailer.
Aragorn intones, "It cannot be." I agree Mr. King, how
could they reveal the movie's biggest surprise?
Rarely do movies based on such fantastical stories match my imaginings,
but the casting and effects are astoundingly precise. Even the scoring
for this trailer is a remarkable fit. It is a true marvel of technical
prowess and creative energies. We get tantalizing glimpses of the
battle at Helm's Deep, Mordor, Gollum and Wargs. Enough to goad our
desires to see more of these wonders.
The inspiring return by Gandalf does not mean that good will easily
triumph over evil. Saruman's powerful forces are enormous and on
the march. The ring grows heavy for Frodo as they approach the gates
of Mordor. Elrond warns of the impending doom, but Arwen tells us
that there is still hope. The ending scene leads perfectly to the
next chapter of this saga, The Return of the King.
Oh, and Legolas still kicks much ass.
on Trailer: I've seen about 20 times and I'm still getting goosebumps
every time I watch. It's one of the few that I've wanted to go back
and watch after I was done reviewing. A definite contender for Trailer
of the Year.
Conclusion on Movie: The Fellowship of the Ring and this trailer
have certainly raised the expectations for The Two Towers. If cast
and crew can meet just half those expectations then they'll have
a damn fine movie on their hands. The expectations for The Return
of the King will be more formidable than Aragorn's beard.
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