|You'll leave the cinema after having seen "Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" on wobbly knees, and you'll ask your friend: "Did the earth move for you, too?" You'll wonder why the world and the people around you still look the same as they did before.
And then you'll really need a cigarette.
We're talking about a milestone in movie history here, a masterpiece, nothing less. It's beyond our imagination how much work, time, money, dedication, passion, talent, obsession and - if we may use the cliché here - blood, sweat and tears have made this movie possible.
The "Lord of the Rings" trilogy will change our perception of cinema for ever. Never before have we sat through a movie without taking our eyes off the screen even for a single moment, and never have we felt so bereft when returning to "real life", to our daily routine, where no noble warrior is fighting for or with us, but a Tom, Dick or Harry sits on our sofa and spills the beer over his t-shirt while watching telly.
Seeing this movie once is not enough. Also two times isn't. Only after the third time your mind can take in everything that's going on. The battle at Helm's Deep is one of the most incredible things ever seen on screen - a perfectly orchestrated surreal ballet, and the war cries of the Uruk'hai in your ears, you feel like you're standing in the middle of the battlefield yourself.
And how you wish you could be there.
That "The Fellowship of the Ring" didn't win the Oscar last year, and Peter Jackson wasn't even nominated this year can really only be commented with Sir Christopher Lee's words: "A disgrace - an utter disgrace!"
There are only two words which can really express how we feel about this incredible achievement by Peter Jackson, the cast and the crew:
From the bottom of our hearts.
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|I've written this kind-of-movie-review originally for the "Lord of the Rings" special in issue #5 of "PK Webzine", March 2003. So far no angry elf-lords have turned up on my door-step to seek revenge, so I guess it was acceptable. :-)|