I finally got out to see it this weekend. It was all I expected & more. Where to start? Without giving too much away, I can say...
Smeagol/Gollum should win an Oscar for best supporting actor. He stole every scene he was in. Hard to believe he was computer generated. Every last detail from Tolkein was there, down to the smallest mannerism & speech pattern. It's amazing what PJ's team was able to do here.
The movie's opening put the Matrix to shame. Great battle scene. A few minutes later I was in tears because a mother put her kids on a horse. The full range of emotions was hit with a two ton hammer.
Legolas was brilliant as expected. You'll see why all my D&D characters have been based on him. The guy's a freakin ninja-sniper-Spiderman. Loved his horse mount & shield ride. Most of his moves were too quick to fully enjoy. Nice to see he got some key speaking parts & showed some depth.
Gimli was hilarious. I especially enjoyed him talking about dwarven women. His one liners had the whole crowd laughing through the full 3 hours.
The orcs were great. Wish we could have seen more of them interacting with Merry & Pip. Also wish we could have seen more comedy from those two, as we did in the FOTR.
The Aragorn-Arwen-Eowyn love story was very moving. That Liv can cry some huge tears. Great love story.
All in all, it was a great movie. Expect it to sweep all the awards shows. I'm impatiently waiting for the Return of the King. Hopefully I'll get to see it on premier night. Somebody remind me to buy tickets & find a babysitter ASAP.