To use the tagline, “The Journey Continues”, is wrong. Because the second instalment of Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy doesn’t just bridge a gap between stories, and it’s certainly not more of the same. While The Fellowship of the Ring may be my favourite of the three, The Two Towers is hard to ignore, doing everything bigger, while simultaneously bringing everything closer.
The Two Towers is weighted incredibly heavily in its third act. This is where most of the action is, though it does not upset the pacing. Acts one and two overcome the difficulty that a second film often faces: upping the ante. It succeeds, this series of new challenges also bringing us closer to the characters that we’ve enjoyed, and will see a lot more of before all is said and done. This is where I’m most engaged.
The entire trilogy triumphs because each film feels like a completely different beast: the first, a classic ensemble quest story; the second, a series of character pieces paid off by an epic battle; the third… We’ll get there when we get there. In particular, it’s awesome seeing more of Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli. Their camaraderie makes the necessary exposition enjoyable, while keeping their journey, and the journeys of all the characters, meaningful. Frodo and Sam also get a lot of focus throughout. It’s because of these moments that, by the time the credits roll, we’re all part of a fellowship – and we can’t wait for the next stage of the journey.