Two down, one to go. This is going to be another long year. (At least we’ll have Daredevil, Hulk, X2, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and a couple of Matrix movies to tide us over.)

Premise

Frodo and Sam must continue the quest to destroy the ring, while
Aragorn and the others rally forces to stand against Saruman’s army.

Cast, Crew, and Other Info

Sir Ian McKellen as Gandalf the White
Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins
Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn
Sean Astin as Sam Gamgee
Liv Tyler as Arwen Undomiel
Cate Blanchett as Galadriel
John Rhys-Davies as Gimli, son of Gloin
Billy Boyd as Pippin
Dominic Monaghan as Merry
Orlando Bloom as Legolas
Hugo Weaving as Elrond
Sean Bean as Boromir
Ian Holm as Bilbo Baggins
Christopher Lee as Saruman
Brad Dourif as Grima Wormtongue
Mirando Otto as Eowyn
Bernard Hill as Theoden

Directed by Peter Jackson
Adapted to the screen by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Peter
Jackson
Musical Score by Howard Shore
Cinematography by Andrew Lesnie
Numerous other that should be mentioned.

The complete cast and crew list is on the IMDB and can be found here.

High Point

How do I choose? Will it be Legolas descending the stairs? Any
random scene with Wormtongue? Meeting the White Wizard in the woods?
Pippin and Merry talking to the ents? Gollum talking to Smeagul?
Dwarf tossing? Offering a box? Breaking the dam? The battle at
Helm’s Deep? Treebeard walks south? The decision of the ents?

Don’t make me choose just one!

Low Point

How do I choose? What is there to choose from? Um… We have to
wait a year until the next movie.

The Scores

Is this original? It’s an adaptation of a work that’s been
copied time and time again. I give it a 5 out of 6.

The effects were incredible. Smeagul’s ability to interact
with the environment is especially impressive. I give it 6 out of 6.

The story is the one from the book that is loved by
millions. However, it is technically incomplete. 5 out of 6.

The acting was at least as good as the first film. Brad
Dourif was an absolutely brilliant and perfect casting choice. I give
it 6 out of 6.

The emotional response this produced was the same as the
first one; three constant hours of completely enraptured awe at the
majesty of what was on screen. It grabbed me at the outset, and
didn’t let go until the final credits. I give it 6 out of 6.

The production was exactly the same quality as the first
film, which is to be expected given the way these movies were made. 6
out of 6.

Overall, this is and probably will always be the definitive
film version of The Lord of the Rings. 6 out of 6.

In total, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers receives 40
out of 42.