The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
The second best thing about The Two Towers? Christopher Lee. You can never have too much Christopher Lee.
Magnificent Bastard sez:
#44, Feb 13, 2011
When last we met, lady lascivious and I had just finished The Fellowship of the Ring. She didn’t think she had the stamina to do another 4 hours of LOTR, so we stopped there. But come Sunday afternoon… it was on. First up, of course, was The Two Towers; by far the most “fun” movie of the trilogy.
The Two Towers weaves between three storylines: Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli get the best action as they travel to Rohan and fight at the Battle of Helms Deep; Merry and Pippen travel into Fangorn and convince the Ents to battle Sauraman; and Frodo, Sam, and Gollum star in “The Road to Mordor”… a little something for everyone.
The entire movie is amazing, and I could talk about it for hours… the Rohan storyline could have been a movie by itself, and admit it, the Battle for Helm’s Deep is a better battle sequence than the siege of Minas Tirith… but what captivated me on this viewing was, once again, the stellar acting of Andy Serkis as Gollum. Nowhere in the trilogy are his skills better displayed than in The Two Towers, as he portrays two distinct personalities, Smeagol and Gollum, sharing the same cursed body. Why wasn’t Serkis at least nominated for an acting award? His performance was everything the Academy typically celebrates.
“Ooooooh, but Gollum was done with CGI… it wasn’t acting.” Hogwash! There’s a difference between pure CGI and motion capture; everything you see on that screen that wasn’t weird skin and bad oral hygiene? All Serkis. The computer team was responsible for the appearance, Andy was responsible for the fluidity, the expressiveness… he gave Gollum a soul.
Note: To be fair, Serkis did receive an acting award for his work in The Two Towers. He won the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor of 2002. In case you’ve never heard of it (I hadn’t), The Saturn Award is presented annually by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films to honor the top works in science fiction, fantasy, and horror in film, television, and home video. Kudos to them for recognizing Serkis’ amazing performance.