books/story is great.
film is meh. i liked them the first time but every time i watch it i hate them more. too much "self importance". the movies need some serious editing to remove the crappy bits (especially those thrown in there from the similarion). watched the first hobbit movie and things got even worse. taking 20 minutes to that stupid fucking song while cleaning the dishes,.. give me a fucking break. the LOTR world is not so interesting i need to dwell and every mundane detail. this is a movie adaptation not a word for word re-reading of the "bible".
harry potter was a much better adaptation. they had tons of 2 second hints of things that hardcore fans of the series will immediatly pick up on and love seeing those details included without bogging down a movie (and movie only goes) with unimportant details.