The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Published September 5, 2021

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Film info

  • Title The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • Director Peter Jackson
  • Year 2002
  • Run time 2hrs 59m
  • Genres Action, Adventure, Fantasy
  • Tagline A new power is rising

In the second part of J. R. R. Tolkien's epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, Frodo Baggins and the other members of the Fellowship continue on their sacred quest to destroy the One Ring - but on separate paths. Their destinies lie at two towers - Orthanc Tower in Isengard, where the corrupt wizard Saruman awaits, and Sauron's fortress at Barad-dur, deep within the dark lands of Mordor.

Live blog

Time Comment
4:15 I’m glad they’ve admitted to being lost, it didn’t make sense that he would suddenly know the way.
9:34 Little Gollum tantrum there.
14:47 Were you only allowed to be cast in this film if you could say Mordor in that creepy way?
21:44 Oh no, more trees are copping it.
32:26 Is this what Groot will grow into?
40:29 The Black Riders have levelled up.
51:29 I don’t understand how the cape looked like a rock.
1:01:51 The king’s de-aging was good.
1:16:31 Smeagol is hilarious and terrifying in equal measure.
1:27:23 I do enjoy Legolas being so light on his feet all the time.
1:42:54 Considering how stubborn she was being, it didn’t take that much convincing.
1:52:21 “I told you he was tricksy.”
2:04:47 “Every villager able to wield a sword has been sent to the armoury.” Incorrect. Half of them have been hidden away.
2:20:07 Why are they bothering trying to batter down the door when they just blew a massive hole in the wall?
2:29:44 “The closer we are to danger, the further we are from harm.” What the hell is Pippin on about now?
2:40:58 See, Saruman, this is what happens when you piss off trees.
2:45:11 I feel like they’ve been through enough together that he could just call him Frodo.


This was a bit of a rollercoaster of a movie, the second part of a trilogy so not really a film with a beginning, middle and end. This was all middle. And there were highs (Legolas sliding down stairs on a shield, Gimli being the comic relief, the continuing breakdown of Smeagol) and there were some real lows (I detest endless battle scenes, I’ve never felt the lack of women so deeply, the tree scenes: fun but SO SLOW).

Ultimately, I was glad that there was always something happening. You get the idea that these are films just of people walking, walking, walking, and it’s true that Mr C got annoyed they were so close to Mordor at one point and have ended up further away than ever, but there was a lot more to it. So up a point from the last one, and let’s see what the finale brings.

Rating: 3 / 5

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