I'm sorry you've been disappointed, Anduril.
I loved Rogue One!!!!!!!!!!! I am very far from being a hardcore SW fan. But I saw it twice. Loved it.
Al, I can't count the number of times I watched each and every one of those trailers, and then shared the excitement online. The early days, and the high days, of the LotR film fandom was truly a Golden Age of the internet.
Voronwë the Faithful wrote:
... But I can absolutely say without any hesitation that the first time I saw it in the theater was the most incredible cinematic experience that I have ever had, and I can say with almost as much certainty that it will remain so ... Nothing has ever remotely come close to that experience since, and I surely doubt that anything will.
Like you, there is much I love, and much that drives me bonkers, about all of PJ's filmic excusions into Middle-earth. But nothing has ever
come close to the cinematic experience that seeing FotR for the first time was. So incredibly immersive and spellbinding, and yes, a dream come true.
I watched FotR again on UK TV recently - the theatrical version, complete with hilariously inappropriate advert breaks. I hadn't seen it for YEARS and it really has stood the test of time very well indeed.
A splendid fantasy film, and a very good adaptation of Tolkien (with quibbles here and there, of course!)
I'm struck by how good the exposition is. The Harry Potter films, much as I love them, are made VERY much for the fans. If you don't know the books, I can't see how much sense the films would make, especially the later ones. Whereas PJ made his LotR very much for non-fans as well as fans. And that was important.
My biggest beef will always be Frodo's characterisation. Elijah's Frodo is charming and spiritual. But he doesn't begin to compare with Movie Bilbo's heroism. Alas. (Martin and Sir Ian are both SO GOOD as Bilbo.)