Movie The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

Released 20021218.
Watched at least twice before, once regular and once extended.
Watched 20110621 Theatre. Irvine 21 [LOTR: TOWERS] 7:00PM $12.50. (Extended Edition)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) Peter Jackson. 179 min, 223 min [botnotsn (1954) by J. R. R. Tolkien]

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This movie does a lot of things well. Great atmosphere, mostly great lines (I feel some jokes aren't that funny), great emotions, and great soundtrack. The entire trilogy is just plain awesome, and I don't have much to say.

The seats in the theatre filled a little faster today than last week. We guessed this might have been by people who came last week and didn't get nice seats, came earlier today. My friends and I certainly came earlier to get slightly better seats (eyes look straight at the center of the screen). I didn't know this, but I guess if straight on wasn't possible, then better looking up at the screen than looking down at the screen.

This time Peter Jackson talks about how it's easy to film the beginning and the end, but the middle has to have something special. And so they tried to figure out how to do that. He also talks about how he always wanted to direct a big battle scene, and with this movie he got to do that with the Battle of Helm's Deep. Then he talked about the introduction of Andy Serkis and how they ended up using motion capture and creating a new Gollum. Finally, the last big point I recall him mentioning was the addition of the scene where we explicitly see Gollum's split personality. The story leads to the joke that what many view as the best scene in the movie was one that wasn't directed by him.

Possibly my favorite scene:
Gimli: Oh, come on! We can take 'em!
Aragorn: It's a long way.
Gimli: [reluctantly] Toss me.
Aragorn: What?
Gimli: I cannot jump the distance, you'll have to toss me! [Aragorn nods] Ah! ...Don't tell the Elf.
Aragorn: Not a word.

Other scenes I like a lot:
Aragorn's tracking skills
Last March of the Ents.
Legolas sliding down on a shield.

Favorite Effect:
King Theoden's transition

Favorite Extra Scene:
He was twitching...

Runner Ups:
Drinking the water...
Eating/drinking the soup...

Ended up watching the fan thing all the way through.
We weren't sure if it was different or not.
It was about 20 minutes again.
But we're pretty sure it was different.
This one group of movie goers were clapping throughout the entire credits, from beginning... through the fan list... and even as they walked in the lobby.