February 1st, 2004

Two Towers

I finally watched the extended version of Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. I kind of feel like I just ran a marathon. It’s been over a year since I saw the original version, so I don’t really know what was added. I noticed a couple of scenes that I hadn’t seen before, but they were all so seamless that it wasn’t easy to pick them out. I guess I’m not a real fanboy…

The Ents are my favorite characters. I loved them in the books, and I think they were brought to “life” perfectly in the movie. There’s something so cool about living, walking, talking trees – watching them step on people and throw huge boulders is just…fun.

I always wondered why the orcs were fighting. Sure, they were made specifically for that purpose and all, but what’s their motivation? Do they eventually get to retire to lead peaceful orc lives? Do they get paid time-and-a-half danger pay? When you watch a James Bond movie and the bad guys have all those henchmen, you at least get the impression that the henchmen are well-paid and might even have a retirement account. But orcs? What do you give them? All the dead enemy they can eat, or what?

Anyway, it was very good, and I anxiously await the extended version of Return of the King. I doubt I’ll ever sit through all three extended versions in one sitting, though.

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