Why spend $100 on a ticket to see a film that you have on DVD in both normal and special extended edition? Because it is absolutely brilliant, that’s why. In October last year, we saw Fellowship of the Ring with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and this year, it was time for The Two Towers. TTT is probably my favourite overall film of the LotR trilogy, and the music, especially in the second half of the film, is spectacular. I also love seeing these films on the big screen, as I didn’t when they first came out.
The first half of TTT is really just setting up what it to come after interval (interval was placed between Frodo and Sam being captured by Faramir, and the Wargs attacking the Rohirrim on their way to Helm’s Deep), and musically, the only new theme that isn’t carried over (although broken up and re-arranged) from Fellowship the Rohan Fanfare.
The second half contains the beautiful Aragorn and Arwen’s Theme, The Host of the Eldar, The Last March of the Ents, and of course The Tales that Really Matter. I love the second half of this film, the relationship developments between Aragorn and Legolas, Merry and Pippin and of course, Sam and Frodo, getting to see Captain Faramir’s “show is quality”, Gandalf and the Rohirrim showing up at just the right moment…I could go on.
I love the MSO, and today they were as good as ever. Special shout-out to Colin Curry and the whole percussion team, who really had their work cut out for them in this film (there’s a lot of orcs!). The Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir was brilliant, as were the National Boys Choir of Melbourne. Boy-soloist Julian Dodds was excellent, and mezzo-soprano soloist Victoria Lambourn’s vocalising throughout the film was very good, but her rendition of “Gollum’s Song” during the final credits was a bit flat. Conductor Ludwig Wicki was full of energy, and brought the best out of the MSO.
I suppose the only way to conclude is to say that after the show, we went and queued up at the box office and bought tickets for Return of the King, which is conveniently on my birthday next year. Can you give bigger praise than that?
PS: To anyone who loves any film as much as I love the LotR trilogy, if your local orchestra is playing the music alongside the film, then do yourself a favour and get a ticket. You will not regret it.
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