THE JOURNEY CONTINUES
The Lord of the Rings Top 10 Moments Countdown continues with The Two Towers. In part 1 of this series, I counted down the top 10 moments of The Fellowship of the Ring. Narrowing the extended edition down to 10 moments wasn’t easy and The Two Towers was no different. It’s hard to select specific moments from a film that features the battle at Helm’s Deep, Gollum, Ents and more. There are simply too many classic moments I couldn’t fit in this countdown.
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HONORABLE MENTION: Gimli Pile Up
10. GANDALF VS BALROG 2: THE WIDE SHOT
If you’ve ever seen the special features, there’s a great sequence devoted to this Wizard vs Demon battle. Pulling out for this breathtaking wide shot was a genius move by Peter Jackson.
9. NUMBER 43
“He was twitching because he’s got my axe embedded in his nervous system”
Gimli and Legolas compete with each other throughout the trilogy but this moment really cemented their friendly rivalry. Not a lot of respect for that dead Uruk Hai but I suppose it’s to be expected.
8. LEGOLAS SHIELD SURFING
I think it’s lame that they refer to these Legolas moments as ‘Leggy’ moments but that doesn’t make them any less cool on screen. The daring elf rides a shield down a staircase while firing arrows into enemy skulls. Not too mention the skillful dismount sending the shield deep into the chest of a Saruman’s minion.
7. IS THIS ALL YOU CAN CONJURE SARUMAN?
A massive explosion that spells doom for our heroes. It’s also a fantastic showcase of the productions incredible miniatures. (aka Bigatures)
6. MY BUSINESS IS WITH ISENGARD
This battle makes me laugh for a number of reasons other than the numerous giant trees that talk and squash Orcs.
If you really pay attention when they break the damn, an Ent picks up an Orc and oh-so-casually tosses him in the path of destruction. I’ve included a screen shot of the doomed Orc in mid air.
During the battle, many Orcs are crushed but they still inflict damage on the Ents. One unlucky Oak (or is it Ash?) is lit on fire. What makes me laugh is how quickly this poor Ent darts towards the rushing water to douse the flames. Great stuff.
5. TOSS ME
Setting up a joke in one film and paying it off in another is a rare occurrence on the big screen. These moments don’t happen in the books but it’s a perfect example of attention to detail and a deep love of the material. The screenwriting Oscars were well earned.
4. MY PRECIOUS
Introducing Gollum. One of the most beloved & fascinating characters in the history of fiction.
3. THE GREAT STORIES
“What are we holding on to?”
This is a great speech and one of Sam’s shining moments in the trilogy.
2. AT DAWN LOOK TO THE EAST
Gandalf returns just as our heroes and what’s left of Rohan meet their doom. A fantastic and visually spectacular moment.
1. GOLLUM VS SMEAGOL
“I hate you…”
Brilliant. Watching Smeagol struggle with his powerful inner demon before finally ridding himself of Gollum. This is a perfect moment that really illustrates the hold the Ring has on Smeagol.