I might not have enjoyed it as much as the first film, but ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers’ is still a terrific film no doubt.
Visually it still looks superb, I really do love the look of these films so far. The main plot is engaging and very interesting, while things like the costumes et al. remain at a high level. There is also top action, including some noteworthy battle sequences.
There are, though, a few bits I found less great – still very good in the grand overall scheme, but just comparably with the 2001 release. I found the pacing to be slightly off in moments, while a few of the new cast members didn’t connect to me – e.g. Bernard Hill. The side story, meanwhile, with Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan didn’t interest me at all… they spend too much of the run time just walking through a forest.
Elijah Wood remains good though. I did enjoy seeing the journey of Frodo and Sam (Sean Astin). Andy Serkis also gets more screen time with that aforementioned duo as Gollum, which is most definitely only a major positive – a fun character! Any scene with those three = outstanding.
Overall, as noted, it is still an excellent film. One very much worthy of following ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring’, despite a few ‘issues’ I have with it.