And what an epic! If you've read the books, you know that J.R.R. Tolkien paints a literary tapestry that combines detailed cultures and languages, along with richly described landscapes, all surrounding huge epic battles, and the most intimate of characters and relationships. Most would find it difficult to take all this and adapt it to a cinema screen, in front of the mostly A.D.D. audience of today's fast cut, shakey cam, bullet time, movie world. But apparently not Peter Jackson. This Kiwi brings all of the above to the screen, not only complementing the source material, but adding surprises, as well as expanding on story elements only touched upon in the novels.
Upon exiting the theater (at 3:00 am, mind you), it seemed everybody, within our group and not, was abuzz with a positive energy that I haven't experienced for a long time in my movie going career. I hate to resort to the comparison that EVERYBODY seems hung up on, but after witnessing this, well, masterpiece, I can only wonder why I, and many others, didn't feel anywhere near this satisfied after walking out of Episode I...
Dont't forget to also check out: The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring