I went to see it last night.
Predictably enough, I loved it.
Using the term “cinematic” to mean sweeping vistas, great cinematography and completely immersive environments, it was a truly cinematic experience.
Using the term “cinematic” to mean sitting in a room with five hundred other people (half of whom had winter coughs although nearly everybody was into the movie except for the idiot in the row in front of me trying to impress his date with his quips), noticing blurs and flickers as the reels changed and wishing the sound was louder, then it was in that sense also a truly cinematic experience.
Roll on the DVD release when I will have total power over the viewing experience.
Mind you, I’ll probably go and see it a few more times in the cinema anyway. The first viewing of any of the Lord Of The Rings films is always a bit weird because I’m constantly, against my better judgement, comparing it to the book instead of enjoying it on its own merits. In any case, if The Fellowship Of The Ring and The Two Towers are anything to go by, my enjoyment will increase with each viewing.