2 The Battl e Of Helm’s Deep

The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Tow­ers

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Greatest middle-earth moments -

How can we sum up the bril­liance of this mighty fight scene, surely one of the great­est ever com­mit­ted to film? Gritty, vis­ceral and breath­tak­ingly re­al­is­tic – de­spite the fact half the par­tic­i­pants are monsters – it’s an ex­tra­or­di­nary feat of cin­ema from start to end ( see Num­ber 18). But its best mo­ment prob­a­bly lies in the min­utes be­fore it be­gins, as the pres­sure is ratch­eted ever up­wards: rain pings off ar­mour; an Uruk- hai roars and bel­lows steam; King Theo­den says de­spair­ingly: “So it be­gins.” And then, in a stun­ning ex­am­ple of scriptwrit­ing, the ten­sion is briefly bro­ken when Le­go­las asks the view- chal­lenged Gimli, “Shall I get you a box?” Just mag­nif­i­cent.

The fi­nal sea­son of Takeshi’s Cas­tle took a dark turn.

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