Sorry, I haven't been online much lately, and didn't see your thread.
Yes, I saw it on Christmas Day. Wasn't that when you were planning on seeing it Heather? You and Wendy really should see it. Wendy, if you haven't seen FOTR, you should rent it first and that will help you follow the second movie. Now that that's been said, The Two Towers really strayed a ways from the book, but the cinematography is really good. Not only didn't the elves go to Helm's Deep, but neither did Eowyn and the people of Edoras. They went to Dunharrow instead, but that would have been an extra set to build. I guess it was also more dramatic to have Aragorn fall off of a cliff into the river and be MIA.
Then Faramir taking Frodo and Sam to Osgiliath at the end of the movie was just plain crazy. About the only reason Frodo and Sam avoided capture was staying away from areas where armies were meeting for battle. We'll have to see how they get away from there in the next movie.
I'm kind of torn because the movie was well made if you hadn't read the books, but was very inaccurate with regard to Professor Tolkien's plot. Vegas likened it to some of the Stephen King books she had read and how different the movie versions were. The departures from the plot were bothersome to the Tolkien purists like me.
I don't know how they could have done the ents differently. I wish that the hurons had gone to Helm's Deep. They really kicked a$$ in the book. There were significant differences in how they met Treebeard and how their interaction developed, but that's just a fact of life with the LOTR movie series. They made it look as if Treebeard wasn't aware of the wanton tree cutting until he was taking the hobitts to the border of the forest. It's still the best attempt at making a quality LOTR movie.
Did you see any of the animated versions or combination animated and real actor versions made in the seventies and eighties. The Hobbit animated feature was done pretty well. The first LOTR movie was compressed into about two hours long and was kind of like reading the Cliff Notes. At least Peter Jackson made an attempt to tell more of the story, and did a very good job recreating locations, characters, and weapons.
What did you think?