Tolkien's message should be the most important aspect of the film and I think that the changes made to emphasize love interests and personal struggles detract from this message.
Some of the critics here are a bit hasty with their synopsis of TTT...
The second stage in the J.R.R. Tolkien epic journey to Mordor continues to lord it over the first movie. The weekend haul, following up on the $26 million opening day, was 25 percent higher than the $47.2 million earned last year by The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring's first Friday to Sunday.
Overall the "Fellowship" is a superb piece of work, more than worthy of the numerous awards and high praise that have been lavished on it. So what about The Two Towers? Having eagerly waited all year for the second film, after watching the first several times in cinema and more than a few on DVD, I was certainly not disappointed.
TTT was all "cover" with no "book" inside.
Spectaculary bad adaptation.
I am not a total purist, I don't think. Film is a very different medium from literature and things that work on the page may or may not function on the screen. In fact there have been some changes in the LOTR films that I thought were worth making, or at least necessary.
Ithilien or Osgiliath?... neurotic locations!
It has become apparent to me, and my realization fills me with dread, that after these films are done and released I shall never look forward with such passion and excitement to any other movie again lest it be the Silmarillion.
Unnecessarily tacky, but with touches of greatness...
A Review with a humorous air...
Just an Angry Tolkien fan letting off hot air