This fall will be a decade since Fellowship of the Ring was released in theatres.
I usually watch the Lord of the Rings trilogy (extended edition) about once a year. Sometimes I even go so far as the watch a bunch of the commentaries and such. With The Hobbit films getting ready to start up shortly, I've worked my way through LOTR trilogy movies in the last week or so.
It's interesting to think about how I view the films now versus 10 years ago. But one thing (among many) still stands out, and that is the absolutely epic job Bernard Hill did as Theoden. The combination of his performance with Tolkiens writing is very Shakespearean and still sends shivers down my spine. And there are still moments in the second and third films where something gets stuck in my eye, if you know what I mean. ;-)
I remain convinced that this was pretty much the best possible outcome when I heard they were attempting to make the story into a live-action film. We can nitpick, but I really don't see how it could have been done any better, all things considered.