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Even if you think you'll hate it, you'll love it !,
I had never even read a line of the books but after seconds of this film starting I was in its grasp.
Being a Star Wars fan I was slightly hostile towards this film because it may finally overshadow that great sci-fi/fantasy epic but mere moments after starting I was in awe of the sheer scope and vision implemented by Peter Jackson in this interpretation of the highly popular Lord of the Rings story.
Maybe this deserves to overtake Star Wars because it really is an absolute classic film with an epic running time and equally epic production quality. The acting is superb, the effects better than I imagined they would be, and the story so large that when all the films are finished it will take a gruelling but highly enjoyable NINE hours of your life to watch. Even this first film felt like the whole story - very intense with few pauses for a breath.
The action scenes really are just amazing with literally thousands of wariors battling right at the beginning, making you think that it can't get any bigger or better than this, surely not? Well yes actually, once you get past the initial introduction to the main characters and the creation of the Fellowship of the Ring you're thrust back into the action with one scene leading into the next seemlessly. It does beggar belief that the heroes manage to survive for as long as they do up against hundreds of orcs, goblins and just big nasty monsters, but remeber this is a film.
The cinematography in the film is absolutely marvelous with the camera swooping all over the place showing everything in a very cool way.
Whatever I think about the film doesn't matter though, you really should go and see it for yourselves.
You cannot possibly be dissapointed by this film, although I would urge you to not drink anything for a few hours before you go and see it in the cinema because you cannot go away from this film for more than a few seconds without missing something really great, and we don't want you peeing your pants either.