Because I always like to give credit where credit is due, I account it a wise move for Peter Jackson to move the beginning of The Two Towers to the first movie. It wouldn’t have done to end the movie with such a massive cliffhanger, and would have robbed it of a fitting climax. It works for the novels but would not work for the movies.
Of course, even Brett Ratner could have gotten at least that much right.
(A lot of close-ups of people and hobbits crying, but no slow motion.)
Minutes Watched: 3:04.41
Number of Montages: 7
Number of slow motion close-ups of people crying: 21