It’s been a long year before we could see the next installment of LOTR movies. I anticipated the same high quality (perhaps even more) than the first due to talk and critics’ reviews. I have to say that I was mildly disappointed as I sat in my theater seat watching things that should not have been. Basically, I feel that Peter Jackson and his crew buckled to the average movie-goer, accommodating those who’ve never read the trilogy by spicing up the movie with what has become typical Hollywood garbage. Luckily, this was kept to a minimum, but it was still disheartening.
First the good: the scenery was exhilarating, as in the first movie. Gollum and the Nazgul were very well done and, in my opinion, the Ents were acceptable. The Wargs needed a little help, reminding me of the quality of work in a movie such as Ghostbusters. Without being overly done, Gimli was a good comic relief-hey, he’s a dwarf; there’s a lot of comic material there.
My biggest problem with the movie was the discrepancies from the books. I really don’t feel that the “improvements” were necessary and the movie would have been just as good, if not better for this fan of the literature. There were differences in the FOTR; however, those in TTT are a lot more significant.
I really have a problem with heroes jumping into the midst of fifty thousand enemies and coming out unscathed. Mr. Jackson did the movie a great disservice with this blatant ploy for action, and it was done more than once…more than twice…
One reason this didn’t turn out as well is due to the fact that there was too much plot to squeeze into even three hours and still have the viewer capture the same emotions and thoughts from the book. Don’t let this article discourage you from seeing the movie–it is still the middle book ended by better movies; however, don’t expect it to be the same quality as the FOTR. If it wasn’t in the LOTR trilogy, I would consider this movie average to slightly above average.