The film is chock-full of randy boozing and comic non sequitors more mystifying than amusing.
Director Mathieu Kassovitz and cinematographer Matthew Libatique talk very generally about the film for 98 minutes on the limp commentary track included here.
Throughout, Peter Jackson’s majestic longshots and extreme close-ups will make you swoon.
Penélope Cruz not only chews the scenery, she pisses on it and begins chewing on it again.
The film’s greatest strength is how Peter Jackson brings to life the haunting conflict between Gollum and Smeagol.