Don't, don't believe, don't believe the hype, y'all
I saw Lord of the Rings yesterday, and the best thing about it was that I got to see the trailer for Austin Powers III: Goldmember. As for the movie itself, I fell asleep twice. Sorry to any hardcore Tolkien fans who may be outraged by that last statement, but yeesh. Too long, too many shots of Elijah Wood staring wide-eyed off into the distance, and too many scenes devoted to just how sacred and holy and dangerous the ring was. And what was with the lack of female characters? I counted two, and they were probably on screen for a total of 5 or 10 minutes before vanishing into oblivion, never to be heard from again.
Visually it was spectacular, but fabulous CGI can't compensate for underdeveloped characters and repetetive imagery. Oh, and note to Peter Jackson (who is actually a great mate of my dad's), if you are going to make a three hour movie, inject at least a teeny tiny amount of humour into it to give the audience a break. The whole thing was so Goddamned earnest that it was funny in spite of itself.
Merry Christmas all you crazy kids, don't get too crazy with the eggnog!