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What can I say? I finally saw it on dvd at home and now I regret not seeing the movie earlier when it came out in theatres.
But I absolutely loved it. This movie, in my opinion, is so much better than the first one. Granted the first one follows the book a bit more, but I frankly could careless. Everything about it made the minor details go invisible for me.
Like the first one, the sceneries and the details in this movie went beyond my expectations. The city of Edoras, Helm’s Deep, Fangorn Forest, The Dead Marshes (?), and etc was just gorgeous. Edoras was really a magnificent city and Helm’s Deep… Troy anyone? It seriously reminded me of Troy when I saw Helm’s Deep and how they were saying it’s never been taken by enemy forces yet. But it sure almost was taken this time. Thank god for Gandalf going to get Eowyn’s brother. Gandalf. I’m glad he came back. The scene where he continued to fight the monster was amazing. He still rocks. And I still think Ian McKellan could play Dumbledore much better. But that’s just me.
Oh god the characters, I actually respect Legolas a lot more than I did in the first one. But damn! Slash anyones? Frodo/Sam, Legolas/Gimli, Legolas/Aragorn, Aragorn/Boromir, Aragorn/Frodo, and etc etc. Good god! This movie made my head go nuts with all it’s slash potentials. Everytime I saw Sam and Frodo talk to one another or was arguing, I kept thinking they were going to go into a mad snogging festive. And that one serious scene with Merry and Pippin, I kept seeing Merry take Pippin’s face in his hand and oh dear…
Aragorn. He still rocks. He’s still my favourite. He always rule. And I nearly had a heart attack when I saw him go over the cliff. I was like NOOOOOOOOO. Good god that man is a lucky bastard though LOL.
Wormtongue. Like couple of my livejournal friend stated, I can so see the man who played Wormtongue play Severus Snape from HP. I can see it. That was just perfect. Eowyn didn’t annoy me surprisingly. Her brother was really shaggable. Haldir was awesome and after seeing Aragorn give Haldir a hug, I sense Aragorn/Haldir stories coming up!
Oh god, I can’t stop gushing about this movie.
Oh and Gollum. Wow. He really is a pathetic, pitiful character. When he was having that double dialouge with himself, I was at first lost, but when I caught on, I thought that was highly clever. Poor Gollum or Smeagol or whatever the fuck we call him. And Faramir… WHAT is up with the men of Gondor. They sure are obsessed with the damn ring LOL. But later when Sam threw the whole Boromir thing back in his face, I was laughing. That woke him up big time.
The Ents… those were COOL! I was grinning madly when I saw them go after Isengard. The look on Saruman’s face when he saw those horde of Ents destroying the tower was funny.
Oh and the Oluiphant. That’s clever… a derisive of Elephant with many many tusks.
All in all, that movie was wonderful. I can’t wait till the third one now. Peter Jackson really is doing a terrific job with the movies, unlike some directors I will not mentions! ^_^