Could have been the "Empire Strikes Back" of the Trilogy, instead turns into the "Phantom Menace"
The Good and Bad (mostly good)
I came out feeling that things were just wrong, wrong, wrong... somehow the film failed to engage me. It failed to make me feel with the characters.
"My wife and I went to see TTT last night -- opening night. Although there were highlights that score high marks -- Gollum, of course, being one of them -- I left the theater with a feeling of sad disappointment..."
Follow me in my journey to the Theatre...
too much re-writing
My bet is this summer or whenever the EE is released, there's gonna be alot of people changing their minds....
Yes, FOTR was probably better. But having just come back from my first viewing of film which was Friday at the 10:15pm showing, I feel like I felt similar to how I felt after I watched FOTR last year. My feeling was it was good, probably very good, despite some critical, though very small parts which were too Hollywood-ized(there should only have been the one future death of Aragorn and Arwen scene), and made empty.
While I enjoyed the movie far more than the book, I found many differences. Starting, why did they finish it before the book ends? Shelob is a big event in the intro into the third book. Another, wasn't it Pippin and Merry that told Faramir about Boromir? Another yet, Shadowfax wore no tack in the book, he wouldn't allow it. In the movie you can clearly see the outline of saddle and reins on the horse. Did anyone else catch any of these or others?
"What, I fumed, were they thinking?"
Pacing, balance, character development - this film is strong where FOTR foundered.
A master-piece or a disgrace?
Almost every problem I had with the book was changed and almost everything that I liked about the book was kept.
From the opening scenes of the The Two Towers, Middle-earth literally opens up into a vision of big skies and broad panoramas. And the viewer's immediate impression is that this movie is going to be all about "more is more." And the viewer will be right.
Really PJ, what were you thinking?