Hmmm i find myself torn between these two camps, the ones that despise the "adaptation" and those that relished and enjoyed it.
The fact that Peter Jackson himself conceded he was never going to fulfill the expectations of the "PURISTS" and instead settled for the middle ground, possibly indicates the overriding rule of thumb in the Hollywood industry, Big investment necessitates bigger returns.
Tis human nature i suppose to find fault with things first rather than favour, I believe it was a brave attempt that succeeded in more areas than it failed (and i, like the detractors can see the abundant omissions that do the written trilogy an injustice) , and it was the first time since the Star Wars Trilogy that i was genuinely excited about the prospect of a monumental series of films, it took me a while to translate my imaginings from book to film, and after several viewings, on the whole i thought the films captured the Essence of Tolkien if [u]not [/u]the exhaustative and sublime detail of the author!
I'd love to see J.R.R. Tolkien and Peter Jackson in celebrity DEATHMATCH!!! 'cept one's already got an advantage in already being dead *sighs*
In the Red Corner weighing in at 300lbs(uhm, maybe?), from South Africa, the undisputed Master of Seminal Fantasy Literature J.R.R. "the Blomfontaien Boss" Tolkien...
...And introducing in the Blue Corner, the challenger, from New Zealand, he weighs in at approximately 450lbs and stands 3ft 8inches small, famed for his controversial approach to film (Ach! "Braindead") Peter (the hairy-arsed) "Pygmy" Jackson...