I’ll keep this brief. Despite one or two small flaws, this was undoubtedly the most amazing film I’ve ever seen. None, NOT ONE, of the changes bothered me one bit. I had been concerned about Faramir, but the changes to his character injected some much needed tension into the Frodo side of the story. Treebeard’s role was cut back, but watching the film, it’s quite apparent that it’s necessary. And the many additions that built up the characters, and most importantly, the character of Rohan as a whole, served to raise the stakes of the Battle of Helm’s Deep.
That battle is the greatest ever put to film, and along with Gollum, serves as the best technological achievement in film today.