When I first heard about New Line making the LOTR into movies, I was a bit skeptical. I am not a fan of books being turned into movies. The filmakers often leave things out and ruin the image of the characters in my mind. Because of this, I did not see the Fellowship in theaters. I would not let corporate America ruin my idea of Legolas. However, a few months later, a friend rented the movie on DVD. I did not know what he had rented and thought is seemed pretty good. After a few minutes, to my horror, I realized what we were watching. I was stunned by the job they had done. The acting was first rate and the graphics spectacular. I realized that if a movie is done well, it doesn't have to spoil the book. New Line did a great job of filiming a man's works that could never be as good as the books. I did miss being able to see Tom Bombadil, but they managed to fit everything "important" in. The other two were just as good, if not better. Thumbs up New Line, you've really brought a classic to life, even if nothing can compare to the books. Tolkien was not just a writer, he was a dreamer and a first class nerd. All hail J.R.R. Tolkien.
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