John Kelly’s review published on Letterboxd:
Wasn't sure how it would hold up in a post-Game of Thrones world, where each episode had the budget of the entire Lord of the Rings franchise, and apart from colour-correction bullshit that really dates the effects, the film holds up really well. Mostly because it's aiming for a different tone than GoT. Was listening to a podcast recently where the guests were discussing Ursula K Le Guin and how lots of fantasy fiction copied the form of Tolkien but only a few authors "managed to capture the spirit of him, the melancholy sadness and richness". I feel like that's probably what's happening here.
Also, this was my first time watching the extended edition of this film. You look at the running time and think "wow, where did they get a whole hour of extra content" but then you realise that fully 20 minutes of this (NOT AN EXAGGERATION) is in the credits where they thank every single member of the Tolkien fan club.
lol gtfo Peter Jackson.