5 The greatest book to film adaptation ever!!!!!!!!!!plumbernator | 19/07/2007 | See all plumbernator's reviews (66)The Lord Of The Rings are 3 of the most exciting and magical books to ever be written. Now they are 3 of the most exciting and magical films ever.With spectacular performances from a steller cast including Ian McKellen, Sean Bean, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving and Viggo Mortensen. But the real greats that make this film the masterpiece it is are Elijah Wood and Sean Astin. The make a perfect partnership and the disintigration of the firendship throughout the second and third films are truely harrowing.The special-effects are hands down the best ever. The third film especielly produces some breath-taking momemts.The films are good for there large and heart-felt adaptation to the original text. Its clear the Jackson cares more about what he thinks than what his audience thinks spending about 5hrs in the 9hr running time createing interesting and progressive character development, great for most, but the small amount that seem to think Popcorn flicks are the way forward may be dissapointed.But the rest should be up-lifed. Jackson creates and entire new world using top-of-the-range SFX and the great sweeping landscapes of New Zealand. This is a must to your collection as a perfect example of mainstream Hollywood actually for once producing real brilliance!!!!