The second movie in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Two Towers, came out in December 2002. It was one of the best reviewed films of 2002, receiving a 96% rating from Rotten Tomatoes.
I won’t go in full detail like I usually do for this review. There are just so many things wrong with this movie. As usual, the movie is good if you don’t take in consideration what was actually in the book. I think it must be the worst adaptation I’ve seen so far. There are so many details that aren’t in their proper place on the timeline and they invented so many scenes.
For example, the scene where Faramir decides to take Frodo back to Gondor so he can give the ring to his father is complete bull crap. Faramir was never ever tempted to take the ring from Frodo and he never kept Frodo from doing his mission. After about a day and a half or maybe two days in the secret cave, Faramir decided to let Frodo go on his mission.
An example of a scene not in its place on the timeline is when the Ents takeover Isengard. If I followed the story correctly, that battle happened slightly before the battle at Helm’s Deep, not at the same time. How I know this? When Gandalf and company arrive at Isengard (which they don’t even show in the second movie) after the battle in Helm’s Deep, Merry and Pippin talk about the battle and they mention that they saw the orcs coming out of Isengard when the Ents arrived at Isengard’s gate. The Ents hid themselves, waiting for the perfect moment to strike I’m guessing, when the orcs started coming out of Isengard. Once the doors closed, the Ents started taking down the walls and invading Isengard.
Another thing that annoyed me so much is when they added scenes just to make the movie more dramatic (as if the book wasn’t dramatic enough). At one point in the movie, when they’re making their way to Helm’s Deep (which, by the way, was supposed to be just the army going there. The people were supposed to be led to the Hold of Dunharrow by Éowyn), they’re attacked by orcs on wolves. That never happened in the book; and to make it even more dramatic they make us think Aragorn died falling off a cliff.
Two last notes that frustrated me are during the battle of Helm’s Deep. For one, they made Théoden so much more stubborn than he was in the book. He annoyed me so bad! He kept making awful choices that he hadn’t made in the book. The last thing is when, for some reason, they decided to add Elves in the battle. There were no Elves in the battle of Helm’s Deep! But of course, all the Elves died during the first minute of the battle.
Overall, I was just so frustrated at how they did such an awful job that I completely disconnected from the movie at about an hour left. It’s such a bad adaptation that I wonder if the script writers actually read the book. Of course, that’s only my opinion; but honestly, don’t watch the movie with the hopes of seeing what was in the book. You’ll be let down so bad.
What did you think of the adaptation?
Until Next Time!
Young Mom ❤