Well, what can I say? This was simply the most exhilarating, amazing, magicalthing I've ever seen on film. Peter Jackson is King.
Being a long time Rings fan I had pretty high expectations of this movie (speciallyafter seeing the previous ones), but all my expectations were met. Well, maybe notALL, as that crucial bit about freeing The Shire was left out (for understandable reasons - see below).
The battles were amazing. The Rohirrim charging into the hordes of Mordor. Thecharge of the Oliphants. The amazing siege engines. The undead army. It was all therein brilliant detail. The characterisation and acting was great. Specially the Frodo / Gollum / Sam triangle. Aragorn was brilliant, As was Gandalf and Eowyn.
The other thing that I was amazed by was the sets, and how seamlessly the CGI andreal sets merged. Minas Tirith has to be the most amazingly detailed, beautifulCGI creation ever.
The only drawbacks I have heard from others is that it was too long and that theend dragged on a bit. Of course, I would have been more than happy to stay inMiddle Earth for a few more hours, but I understand their issue. Jackson must havebeen hard pressed to stay true to the books and to wrap up the film in a reasonabletime frame. He obviously had to leave out some bits (the Hobbits freeing the Shire)but I think what he left in was pretty good. The story definately needed closurein the form of Sam's family, and the Elves and Ring Bearers sailing away to thewest.
I fully expect to see Aragorn healing Merry and Eowyn, as well as the Hobitsfighting for the Shire in the special extended edition DVD. Even if it takesfive hours.
Needless to say, I'll be watching The Return of the King again.