Micah Winiata’s review published on Letterboxd :
A great story but goddam the length and the amount of extra scenes added in for this special edition is phenomenal. It can become a little strenuous sitting down for 3h 48m, but it lives up to the adventure genre to a tee.
Nothing is more powerful than two Hobbits throwing rocks at Orcs. They seriously took down at least 5 each in the 3rd Act fight. Merry and Pippin must have a good arm.
This film really made me miss home, not because it is shot in NZ, but because The Shire is metaphorically New Zealand for me. A beautiful tale of friendship and hobbits a long way from home. Basically me.