dale_croupier’s review published on Letterboxd:
Oh god. It’s fine. There’s too much going on that’s pure invention, which makes it way too long. The book moves way faster than this movie believe it or not. The character and story changes are inexplicable and undermine the story rather than inhance it. Noble characters become cretinous. Friends become enemies. If this wasn’t three hours long we wouldn’t need To invent so many strange plot contrivances to drive the narrative tension. This was my favourite LotR movie for a long time but the changes here are too drastic to make me feel anything but mild annoyance at this chapter.