Rapture. Divine brilliance! People running around in New Zealand in fantastic costumes! Er, I mean Middle Earth.
I loved the way that they didn't screw it up! How often do you watch a movie and they deliver a line and you're like, "Why did they do that? The writer wrote the line the right way, who decided that it wasn't good enough? Huh? Who?" and then we want to string up whoever was so shockingly presumptive. Only we don't because we're civilized people who only string up ogres and orcs. We'd string up trolls too except that we couldn't possibly lift them.
I loved their special effects, loved their casting. (Thorin, run away with me!) Loved their accurate portrayals, but most of all and especially, LOVED THE MUSIC.
I wish wish wish it wasn't so graphic and terrifyingly suspenseful or I'd bring my kids. It was so brilliantly engaging, it didn't feel at all long in spite of being quite long, and coming out of the theater in an ice storm was kind of exciting, and humming the song for the next week, and then googling it again when I forgot so it would be in my head again because that song is a good thing. I want to write an entire book that feels like that song. And Thorin. Sigh. I'm buying this movie when it comes out, maybe the soundtrack too.
Any other opinions on best for 2012?