Whether The Lord of the Rings is entirely true to Tolkien's book is neither here nor there.
We are not discussing a novel; we are discussing a film, one that looks spectacular, is packed with action and very well acted.
The story tells of a perilous journey by Frodo, the hobbit (Elijah Wood) and his companions to return a magical ring.
The ring, which has the power to plunge the world into evil, must be taken to its place of origin and be destroyed.
Peter Jackson's film - the first of a trilogy - is both ambitious and a labour of love.
Its creation of a world inhabited by mystical creatures such as hobbits, elves, wizards and dwarves is undoubtedly successful.
It is sumptuous - if perhaps over-violent for the under-tens - and splendidly played.
Of particular note are Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen (as a wizard), Ian Holm (another hobbit), Viggo Mortensen (a human knight) and Cate Blanchett (an elf queen).