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I haven't been this angry since Boys and Girls
Now, keep in mine that I have read the Lord of the Rings series and enjoyed it. Moving on. This is the most angry I've ever felt leaving a movie since after I saw Boys and Girls, and this film was likely a more egregious mistake. This is yet another example of Hollywood doing a ham-fisted job of adapting a book to film. I shutter to call this a film. The book was unmercifully butchered to the point where it became a vapid, predictable story that turned out to be the most curt three hour movie I've ever witnessed. Some have argued that the adaptation of the novel calls for certain things to be cut out, but many of these cuts are inexcusable(notably the background of Strider and the army that travels with the fellowship, and I myself am being curt with this list). Even those of you who plan on seeing this movie for it's eye-candy, I suggest to you to take notice that the eye-candy can not excuse what has happened here. This movie has not allowed itself eye-candy status, like The Mummy 2 and alike, because its supposed allure is in its story. Now to be fair this was not a horrid film, most likely somewhere between a four and a six on a scale of ten, but I rated this film a one in attempt to bring it down from its lofty perch that I can only assume it was given by those, like myself, that were so eager to see a movie of one of their favorite books. I beseech all of you that have seen this movie and read the book(or those that have read the book and not seen the movie) that have given the film a ten to reevaluate your rating and think of this as an actual movie not your favorite book set to moving pictures(and those who have not seen the film to see it before just going on how good the book is). This movie may not be the worst Hollywood has churned out, but it does not touch such movies as The Godfather 1 or 2, Shawshank Redemption, Citizen Kane, Schindler's List, Star Wars, or even, as far as I'm concerned, Tron. Please in the name of all that is right and fair in the cinematic world, bring this movie's rating down to its rightful level, down with its mediocre, or a little above that, brethren. Do not taint the reputation of the world's greatest cinema just for your favorite book. Go rent the other films on the IMDB top 10 or 20, and I dare you to tell me that I am wrong.