The whole theatre was filled with geeks and freaks, except for Eric and I, of course. We were patently superior to all of them. Our seats had some sort of interactive button system in the armrests, which we used to play Lord of the Rings trivia before the movies. It was broken at first, but they eventually figured it out.
Between the two of us, we consumed 5 bottles of Negro Modelo and a pitcher of Shiner over the course of the movies, just because we could.
But I digress.
The Fellowship of the Ring was fabulous, as always. The Two Towers lived up to its precursor as well. I liked the Fellowship more as a movie, on the whole, though. There's simply too much going on in the Two Towers with several simultaneous plotlines, but it makes for a hell of a ride.
The two main things I was leery of were how they would handle Gollum and the ents, since they obviously have to be completely CG characters. Gollum took a bit getting used to, mainly because of his overlarge eyes, but he was still leagues beyond any CG character I've seen before. The voice and voice acting was perfect, though. The ents were as flawless as could be, and didn't come off as fake at all. TreeBeard did, however, sound exactly like whats-his-face from the Neverending Story when he says "They look like such strong hands, don't they?"
The battle scenes were vastly improved from the first movie. At no time were they distractingly computerized.
But enough about computers. Aragorn and Legolas really have a chance to grow and display the depths of their personalities in the film. Unfortunately, Gimlie is relegated to comic relief... the fate of all dwarves, I suppose. This is the one thing I fault the filmmakers on. There almost isn't a scene with him in it where he's not either the butt of some size joke, or making wise-cracks about the situation.
The friendship of Sam and Frodo was still as beautifully played out as it was in the first movie, and the strain that the ring is causing is both tangible and believable.
Towards the end of the movie, when Faramir and company bring Frodo and Sam to Gondor, there's a scene where Frodo stands on a walkway/bridge while a Nazghul (on dragonback) flies up to grab the ring. It's beautiful and stunning and frightening all at once. Good stuff.
This mini-review sucks, I'm sorry. I'm tired, and I've never been good at this sort of thing. Suffice it to say: All in all, it's a gorgeous film. So far, these films make up simply the best epic, fantasy, sci-fi or otherwise I've ever seen. I look forward to next year's triple feature.