Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Lord of Rings Is Even Better Second Time; out the Two Towers Stuns Moviegoers at New York Premiere of Sequel

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Lord of Rings Is Even Better Second Time; out the Two Towers Stuns Moviegoers at New York Premiere of Sequel

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Byline: JAMES LANGTON

THE second Lord Of The Rings epic opened in New York last night with a glittering premiere and reviews hailing it as even better than the first film.

Fans who braved freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall to catch a glimpse of stars of The Two Towers were united in praise of the movie's action scenes. Mark Poole from Manhattan said: "I was practically jumping out of my seat.

The battle scene at Helm's Deep has to be the best I've ever seen."

His friend Emma Graham was particularly impressed by the film's computer-generated character Gollum, voiced by British actor Andy Serkis. She said: "I don't normally go for this type of movie but I have to admit it was pretty exciting. The special effects were sensational and I thought that Gollum was incredible and stole the show."

Moviegoer Tony Evans said: "I'm a big fan of the books and wondered if they would be able to capture that magic on film. I have to say they have done an incredible job. The Two Towers and the first film have more than succeeded.

It was a long film but you hardly noticed the time going by.

"I thought it had more imagination that the Harry Potter sequel.

It seemed darker but really stretched you."

Secrets And Lies star Lee Ross, at the premiere with three friends, said: "It was absolutely brilliant.

Awesome. It just felt a lot better than the first film, which was itself fantastic. It was darker, and it resounded because of the atmosphere we have in the world right now - it felt pretty political in a way. It was a very dark, affecting film, and it felt close to the knuckle."

One critic expressed minor reservations, saying: "If there are any chinks in the armour, it's the special effects. Gollum is a truly spectacular creation, a fully fleshed-out digital character. However, the same cannot be said of the Balrog with which Gandalf tussles early on." But he added: "The Two Towers is a spectacular movie and spectacular moviemaking - exciting and tender, historical and current, massive and intimate. …

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