I didn't have that much of a problem with the small changes to Merry and Pippin's story. The changes to Helm's Deep and to Faramir/Osgiliath were just awful - I felt completely sold out by the end of the movie, especially after the first one was so good.
From the first image your eyes are captured on the screen and for three hours they never leave.
Helms Deep....................Helm Hamering!!
"No words can describe the excitement inside me this evening..."
Watch with an eight-year-old to get real perspective
I liked it....
For those of us to whom acting and plot consistancy is more important than special effects. . .
Looking at Our Feet...