- Title: USA: FILM PREMIER LORD OF THE RINGS THE TWO TOWERS
- Date: 7th December 2002
- Summary: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK(DECEMBER 5TH, 2002) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) JOHN RHYS-DAVIES SAYING "It is a masterpiece. Peter Jackson has actually made one of the greatest epics of film that you will ever see. We have made one of the great films of all time." (FADES TO MUTE)
- Embargoed: 22nd December 2002 12:00
- Location: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Entertainment,General
- Reuters ID: LVA9CU4ALTMUPZ63OQA8UUCNQ4WV
- Story Text: Despite a surprise snowfall, the second episode of the Lord of the Rings: "The Two Towers", premiered in New York with all the big stars on hand, including Liv Tyler and Elijah Wood.
Film and music stars turned out en mass for the world premiere of The Lord of the Rings: "The Two Towers" in New York Thursday (December 5, 2002) night.
The film is the second in the trilogy by New Zealand director Peter Jackson.
After venturing forth from paradise to traverse Middle-earth last year, Frodo and company push closer to hell in "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers".
Critics say the middle section of Jackson's prodigious adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic trilogy of good and evil is in some respects a more impressive film than its well received predecessor.
Marked by nonstop conflict and a gargantuan climactic battle that Akira Kurosawa would have envied, the new picture has a harder narrative focus and a livelier sense of forward movement than did the more episodic "Fellowship of the Ring".
There can be no doubt that the vast majority of the worldwide public that gave the first entry an US$860 million worldwide gross will return for this amply satisfying second serving of fantastical adventure.
The stars of the film were out in force.
"I love everything about it. I think it is beautiful and I am so proud of the work everyone has done. I have only seen it once and I look forward to seeing it tonight again. You kind of need to see it a couple of times because it is so powerful and overwhelming that it is nice to see it a couple of times", said Liv Tyler, who stars as Arwen in the film.
"It does kind of have the middle movie syndrome maybe attached to it. I don't think so. It is its own the thin. The journey begins with its own characters and it is pretty viceral and pretty unbelievable. It is much more epic than the first movie is", said Elijah Wood whom play the main character Frodo.
Director Peter Jackson said he thought the movie was just as good as the first.
"We put a lot into this movie. We pretty much tried to make this movie stand by itself as an entertaining night out at the movies. Oh yeah, there is a lot of cool stuff in it", he said.
As in the first instalment, "The Two Towers" was filmed entirely in Jackson's native New Zealand, boasting breathtaking vistas. In addition to the solid performances and innovative visuals, tech credits for production design, makeup, costumes and music are likely to be recognized come Oscar time.
The final instalment, "The Return of the King," is due to be released around Christmas 2003.
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