The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers was quite a visual achievement, with breathtaking special effects. Although the visuals were excellent, the storyline strayed to far from the book. Characters that took no part in The Two Towers (the novel) were added to the film
as well as several scenes.
For the devotees of the novel, the film was almost an insult to Tolkien’s work, and seemed like a very different story. The movie boasted too many corny “Is he dead?” scenes which never occured in the novel. For example: Aragorn never fell off a cliff into a river and Hardir the Elf, who was not even mentioned in the second book, died during the Helm’s Deep battle that the Elves weren’t even supposed to take part in.
Although it was full of downsides, the visuals were stunning. I really got the feel of Middle-earth through the scenery and some scenes were quite powerful.
Gollum was brilliant, and the scenes in which his good-side and his evil-side fought with eachother was very well done. The best scene in the film, in my opinion, was the scene where Gandalf the White, followed by Eomer and his Riders, rode down the hill to meet the onslaught of the Orcs. Gandalf was represented as a ball of white light in the darkness, and it was visually stunning.
All in all, Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers was a beautiful picture, but was not as good as the first, for it did not follow the storyline of the novel at all. For those who have not read the book, the film is a masterpiece and for those who have read it, it is be pretty close to a disgrace.