thoughts on watching ‘The Two Towers’ for the first time (feat. 😩)

It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you did not want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they did not. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.

I did not like The Two Towers as much as The Fellowship of the Ring. I’d seen the first hour or so of it (maybe more) with barely any context (since I had seen only bits and pieces of the first film at that point) and I don’t know if that messed with my enjoyment–that I’d already seen a good chunk of Two Towers and I was confused and not invested at all, so that translated over on my second viewing? Idk. But even besides that, it’s a pretty grim, dark tale with only spots of sunshine or levity here and there. It’s wearying to watch. Which does rather brilliantly convey the enormous weight on so many of the characters…it’s just not as fun to sit through.

HOWEVER. There was still a good bit I liked about the film. As with my last LOTR post, I’ll do a list thingy for all the good stuff.

  • As sad as it was when the fellowship broke up, I did like how there’s three or so different storylines to follow. Keeps things from getting really boring (though the stuff with the Ents might have put me to sleep, were it not for THE BESTEST CHARACTERS EVER). My favorite storyline was prooobably Frodo’s quest (though I could’ve done without Gollum/Smeagol).
  • Legolas is, um, reeeeally handsome.
  • Aragorn and Faramir!!!!!!!!! Just…both of them, as characters. Especially Faramir, but Aragorn really leaped up in my estimation from Fellowship (I liked him okay in Fellowship, especially at the end, but he’s just the bomb dot com in Towers).
  • “Look to my coming on the first light of the fifth day, at dawn look to the east.” (😱)
  • M’kay, so remember what I said about Treebeard/the Ents storyline? Yeah, totally boring if weren’t for Merry and Pippin. MY CHILDREN. (Also, I can tell them apart now! #isproud) Everyone talks about how Sam and Frodo (especially Sam?) tough it out all the way to Mount Doom, even though they want so badly to return home. But what about “The fires of Isengard will spread and the woods of Tuckborough and Buckland will burn. And…and all that was once green and good in this world will be gone. There won’t be a Shire, Pippin.” And then they keep going. Love them, especially Merry.
  • I enjoy just how fed up Sam is with Gollum almost the whole time.
  • It annoys me, the way people adore Sam and say that Frodo is useless, pointless, weak, etc. (I’ve read enough fan analysis and stuff to know that Frodo is better in the books–movie Frodo does have a tendency to be weak at times.) So I feel like my brain/heart is veering in the exact opposite direction and I’ve formed a bit of a barrier between myself and liking Sam. Which is sad. I guess it’s just the contrary part of me. (Okay, don’t freak out, I do like him. But not as much as I should, maybe?)
  • I’m interested to see what happens with Éowyn. Right now she seems to have a little crush on Aragorn, but I know she ends up with Faramir. And also I think she ends up fighting too? We shall see…
  • The battle for Helm’s Deep was epic and messy and brutal from start to finish. Really well done.

I may be watching Return of the King tonight, and I’ll definitely be doing another reaction post sometime afterward. Until then, let me know your thoughts on The Two Towers! I’d love to chat about it with you in the comments.