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Nerd of the Rings 2

Before we get started, I am going to do 5 unknown facts about Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers:

Andy Serkis based Gollums need for the ring off the cravings and withdraws of Heroine Addicts

Actor Brad Dourif can cry on command. So when Wormtongue sees Saruman's Army, he went off script and shed a tear.

Orcs have black blood and black flesh. So Peter Jackson believed they should have black saliva too. So before takes, Orcs had to rinse their mouths with black licorice mouthwash.

To create the war cries of the Uruk army, Peter Jackson went to a Cricket stadium, filled it with 25,000 people and led them all in chanting "Derbgoo, nashgshoo, derbgoo, dashshoo!"

In one of the scenes at Osgiliath, Sam says "By rights, we shouldn't even be here." This was said in order to acknowledge how the screenplay had deviated from the book's storyline because in the book, Frodo and Sam never pass through Osgiliath.

Two Towers Breakdown

Awakening from a dream of Gandalf the Grey battling the BalrogFrodo Baggins and his friend Samwise Gamgee find themselves lost in the Emyn Muil near Mordor and soon become aware that they are being stalked by Gollum, the former owner of the One Ring. After capturing him, a sympathetic Frodo decides to use Gollum as a guide to Mordor, despite Sam's objections.

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They legit filmed in some of the most beautiful places.You love Sam more and more in this movie. His optimism, his willingness to help Frodo, TRUE FRIEND.The character that Andy Serkis brings to Gollum on his voice over and MoCap alone is outstanding.The extended version really does the story more justice, in my opinion.


Meanwhile, AragornLegolas and Gimli pursue the Uruk-hai to save their companions Merry and Pippin. The Uruk-hai are ambushed by a group of Rohirrim, while the two Hobbits escape into Fangorn Forest and encounter Treebeard, an Ent. Aragorn's group later meets the Rohirrim and their leader Éomer, who reveals that they have been exiled by their king Théoden who is being manipulated by Saruman and his servant Gríma Wormtongue into turning a blind eye to Saruman's forces running rampant in Rohan. While searching for the Hobbits in Fangorn, Aragorn's group encounters Gandalf, who, after succumbing to his injuries while killing the Balrog in Moria, has been resurrected as Gandalf the White to help save Middle-earth.



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I like the semi characterization of the Uruks and The Orcs that they show in that little bit of time and how even they don’t get along.Gimli is hilarious in these running scenes“They’re taking the Hobbits to Isengard!” Is that the most iconic line after “You Shall Not Pass”Karl Urban is such an underrated actor. Eomer is one of my favorite characters.Grima Wormtongue is a creep and another great actor who isn’t talked about enough. Child’s Play original voice of Chucky.I love the Fangorn stuff with Gandalf and the others in the extended version. It gives more moments devoted to their longtime friendships with him.Do you know what other popular movie Theoden was in? He was the captain of The Titanic with Leo Dicaprio.


Aragorn's group travels to Rohan's capital city Edoras, where Gandalf releases Théoden from Saruman's influence and Wormtongue is banished. After learning of Saruman's plans to wipe out Rohan with his Uruk-hai army, Théoden decides to evacuate his citizens to Helm's Deep, an ancient fortress that has provided refuge to Rohan's people in times past, while Gandalf departs to acquire the aid of the Éomer's army. Aragorn establishes a friendship with Théoden's niece, Éowyn, who quickly becomes infatuated with him. When the refugees comes under attack by Warg-riding Orcs, Aragorn falls off a cliff and is presumed dead. However, he is revived by his horse Brego and rides to Helm's Deep. The defenders are joined by a detachment of Elves from Lothlórien, the Uruk-hai army arrives at Helm's Deep that night and a night-long battle ensues. The Uruk-hai breach the outer wall using gunpowder-like explosives and force the remaining defenders to retreat into the inner castle.


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I love Eowyn!Wasn’t Edoras the gloomiest lookin place?! I’d rather be in the bogs with Gollum than Edoras when they arrive. The transformation is really cool.The extended edition shows the funeral of Theodrid and its sad man. Cause like he was so gone that he had no idea his own son was killed. To wake up from basically a coma and find that your son and heir are dead. "No parent should have to bury their own child." My mom always tears up at that line.Little bit of tension between Theoden and Aragorn.Eowyn makes terrible stewWe find out Aragorn is 87 and one of The Dunedein, which is NOT in the regular cut of the movie, but is in the book and the extended. He does not age like a normal man. Aragorn has a dream moment with Arwen, his elvish girlfriend, and there is much kissing10,000 Uruk!!!!The Elves and Haldir showing up at Helms Deep is fantastic.What a fight scene!

Merry and Pippin, having convinced Treebeard that they were allies, are brought to an Ent Council in Fangorn where the Ents decide not to assist in the war. Pippin then tells Treebeard to take them in the direction of Isengard, where they witness the devastation caused to the forest by Saruman's war efforts. An enraged Treebeard summons the Ents and they storm Isengard, drowning the orcs by breaking their river dam and stranding Saruman in Orthanc.

 

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The Ent scenes are great! I love that Treebeard keeps saying “Don’t be hasty.”I like that each Ent has its own characteristics and physical features.The boy Soprano singing in the march of The Ents is so epic!

At Helm's Deep, Aragorn convinces a despairing Theoden to ride out and meet the Uruks in one last charge. Gandalf and Éomer's horsemen arrive at sunrise, turning the tide of the battle. The Uruk-hai flee into Fangorn forest, which has moved closer to the battle at the urging of Treebeard, where they are destroyed. Gandalf warns that Sauron's retaliation will be terrible and swift.


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Gandalf’s arrival is sooooo Epic and that has to be the steepest hill I have ever seen. I want to sled down it. A Wizard is never late...nor is he early...I like that the extended shows Fangorn trees attacking the retreating Urukai.

Meanwhile, Gollum leads Frodo and Sam through the Dead Marshes to the Black Gate but convinces them to Mordor by an alternative route. Frodo and Sam are captured by the Rangers of Ithilien led by Faramir, brother of the late Boromir. Frodo helps Faramir catch Gollum to save him from being killed and Faramir learns of the One Ring and takes his captives with him to Gondor to win his father's respect. While passing through the besieged Gondorian city of Osgiliath, Sam reveals that Boromir was was driven mad by the Ring and tried to take it. An attacking Nazgûl nearly captures Frodo, who momentarily attacks Sam before coming to his senses, forcing Sam to remind him that they are fighting for the good still left in Middle-earth. Faramir is impressed by Frodo and releases them along with Gollum. While leading the hobbits once more, Gollum decides to take revenge on Frodo and reclaim the ring by leading the group to "Her" upon arriving at Cirith Ungol.


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I love the scenes between Sam and Gollum. When Gollum throws tantrums, it's like a toddler. One of my most used quotes from this trilogy is the taters back and forth and the inner battles with Gollum and Smeagol.We really start seeing tensions rise between Sam and Frodo in this film.I also think these scenes with Andy Serkis doing back and forth with Gollum and Smeagol is genius writing and performing. I like Faramir, and I like that the extended version of this movie shows flashbacks with Boromir and their father. It really shows you where Faramir is coming from. The Osgiliath scenes really show you that not just in Rohan, but the world of men is not doing very well.Like the 1st installment, I think this hook is strong. I leaves you waning more, and defiantly keeps your attention for going into the 3rd film.

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