SPOILERS Well, the wait was long and I have now seen the movie. I liked it. The Gollum effects were outstanding. I was a little worried that he would be a bit overdone but I found him quite convincing. The Treebeard effects took a little getting used to. I swear when he opened his eyes my first thought was of the apple trees in the Wizard of Oz. But I never thought they would be able to pull Ents off decently and they actually did well enough. Its been awhile since I read the books, but doesn't Gandalf break Saruman's staff in this one? I was sort of looking forward to that confrontation and it never materialized. Oh well. It gives me something else to look forward to next year. I also got a kick out of the beginning of the movie where Gandalf took down the Balrog. that was probably my favorite bit. On the whole, I suppose I liked FOTR more, simply from the kick I got from seeing middle earth onscreen for the first time. TTT is certainly strong in its own right however, and I will be checking it out again soon.