Personally, it wasn't as great as Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, but it was awesome to watch the long awaited battle scene I have for years but only imagined in mind. Although, I wasn't particularly fond of the immensely over-sized trolls and the very short scene involving the important character called Beorn, the movie was close to depicting J.R.R. Tolkien's descriptions of the battle. My most liked scene was when the White Council members saved Gandalf, and faced against the apparition of Sauron and all the nine Nazgul in their original forms! All I can say is that it was epic movie overall and I'm waiting now to purchase the collection of all three movies, the extended versions only.