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The Two Towers

Wow.

It’s hard not to repeat what has been said elsewhere about this movie, but I’m here to say that it delivered. There was no feeling of expectations not met (Star Wars), no feeling that I was cheated out of my seven dollars (Star Wars). The Two Towers is a masterpiece.

To give you an idea of how amazing this movie was, how completely it grabbed your emotions, there were times in the movie where you could not hear a single person take a breath in the theatre. A collective sigh of relief would comfort you when the danger passed, but the unrelenting action of the movie swept you up and soon there was another moment that held you in mid-breath.

I don’t want to give away any of the key moments, because even though I’m sure most of you are at least familiar with the story, there are parts, that when realized on the screen, are much more powerful than what I had read in the book. The battle of Helm’s Deep, for example, was hard for me to get my head around in the book. I wasn’t thinking on a grand enough scale. In the movie, however, the battle is realized with perfection. (Minus the dwarf jokes)

Basically, you need to see this movie. If you haven’t seen Fellowship of the Ring yet, go see that first. This one picks up right away. You will be confused. There is very little backtracking.

I told a co-worker this morning that this trilogy is replacing Star Wars as my all-time favorite. And I haven’t even seen the last one yet! It’s that good.

Side note. This movie is rated PG-13 for a reason. Don’t bring your little kids to see it. It will scare the crap out of them. Parts of the movie scared the crap out of me. I saw one little girl that was maybe eight on the way out. I can’t imagine the dreams she’s going to have for the next week. Sonja called the people who designed the Uruk-hai “geniuses of terror”. And once you see them in action, you’ll have to agree.

This is easily my favorite movie of the year. Go see it! (And go read a real review if you want fluffy-artsy talk)

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