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STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
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Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12A
Cast
Elijah Wood
Sean Astin
Viggo Mortensen
Ian McKellen
Andy Serkis
Miranda Otto
Directors
Peter Jackson
Screenwriters
Peter Jackson
Fran Walsh
Running Time
179 minutes

Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers
The second glorious instalment in Peter Jackson's epic adaptation.


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Plot
The saga continues: Hobbits Frodo and Sam press on to Mordor in the company of the mysterious Gollum. Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli travel to the troubled Rohan, while Merry and Pippin discover a new ally in the shape of Treebeard the tree-shepherd.


Verdict
It may lack the first-view-thrill and natural dramatic shape of Fellowship, but this is both funnier and darker than the first film, and certainly more action-packed. An essential component of what is now destined to be among the best film franchises of all time.


Reviewed by Caroline Westbrook

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