I thought the movie rocked!!! I have to admit...my eyes got all watery from the time they all bowed down to the hobbits until the end. I haven't read the books, so the whole plot was new to me. The acting was especially good in this one too. The battles...and the unique animals in the battles were all spectacular. Bilbo was funny at the end with his response of "pity" to Frodo's "loss" of the ring. I would love to see this movie again.