I totally agree there! The first truly worthy film adaption of Tolkien's epic. It's not the story material that stands out, but the way it was presented. Anybody remember the Ralph Bakshi LOTR cartoon that premiered in December 1977? Or the Rankin Bass cartoons from 1979? Not really. Tolkien's story was impossible to film until just recently when the advancement of CG technology made possible the shrinking of actors and creation of beasts from the depths of myth. However, the effects don't overshadow the story, which is still very personal and endearing (unlike another recent blockbuster trilogy).Originally posted by Eternal Padawan
The only recent (in the last year) film that will stand in that category of high caliber films is LOTR.
The reason I believe people are so upset by CGI is that very often the movie itself is built around the effects (Anaconda, Jurassic Park, Armageddon, Volcano, Twister are just a few examples of many) and the story only exists to showcase as many whiz-bang! CG effects as possible. However, the same things were said about stop motion and optical compositing when those techniques debuted. So the problem isn't a new one.