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Not as good as the first film .... a bit too Hollywoodised.
on 6 November 2008
The first film (Fellowship of the Ring) was closer to the book in content and in the overall feel of the film. Sadly, this film suffers from what the first film did not .... its a little too 'Hollywoodised' and Peter Jackson could be accused of George Lucas-esc tackyness. Unlike the first installment, this movie differs too much from the book. The films ending is corny with an over the top Hollywood-esc speech from Sam which was a little too cringfull. The main battle at the end of the movie is visually impressive but has over-the-top moments that almost ruin the climax. These moments include such tacky antics as Legolas riding his shield like a surf-board down a set of stair whilst firing arrows .... and where Aragorn and Gimli hold off hundreds of Orcs all by themselves. At times this film verges on being rediculus ..... I know its a fantasy tale and should be taken as such, but there is no need to dumb it down in such a way.
The films positive aspects do rescue this film but its disapointing that this part of the trilogy needed saving in the first place. The first third of the film is excellent, the second third drags on too long and becomes stale ... the final third of the movie is entertaining but tacky, corney and over the top. However, its hard to give this film a bad review because of the impressive production, CGI and acting.
The main problem with this episode is that its too stretched out and Peter Jackson additions and alterations to the orignal tale are disapointing and just plain Hollywood.
This movie is the weakest of this great series of films. However, overall it is still an enjoyable movie but at times can irratate the hell out of me .... especially when judging it against the very high standard they set in the "Fellowship of the Ring".