A few hours later....
Okay, now that I'm more collected, thought I'd jot down some thoughts on the movie. (Note: This is not a thorough review).
1) I didn't immediately think it was spectacular. But I still loved it. Up to now, however, I still think that the Two Towers is better, but this could of course change after my second viewing.
2) I thought it was a bit too long in the wrong places. Don't get me wrong, I loved that it was a long movie and I didn't want it to end, but certain scenes should've been longer than others. Also, the whole ending thing was a bit weird because the screen kept blacking out and then show ending after ending. It was too stretched out.
3) Great battles!! Great drama!! One of the more poignant scenes was when Faramir bravely goes off to face certain death in order to please his father.
4) Some critiques:
a) the dialogue could've been better. I don't like that certain major characters were reduced to one-liner-type personalities (e.g., Legolas, Gimli) --but that this could not have been prevented because even in the book itself, they had little to say most of the time.
b) I would've loved to see more in-depth fighting between the orc-army and the army of the dead. Instead, you sort of see them swarm like killer bees on the enemy. Which is cool too, but it would've been cooler if we saw actual hand-to-hand combat and orcs dying.
c) Aragorn and Arwen --what's up with that. In the end, you just see them kiss and there was nothing else. No wedding, no big speeches, hardly any Elvish! I know they get married in the book and Aragorn lives a pretty long life, and I wish we saw more of what they were up to later (like we saw the Hobbits' life after the ring).
d) I would've liked to see Eowyn's reaction to Arwen and I would've like the movie to capture how Eowyn and Faramir get together.
e) I wanted to see more of everyone's lives after the ring ordeal and not just the Hobbits' life.
But overall, it was a brilliant! I can't wait to watch it all in a row as one whole movie. 2 thumbs up!