So I saw The Fellowship of the Ring at 12:01 am on December 19th, 2001, the opening day. Even though I worked a 12 hour day that day. Even though I had to work the next day. Because you've got to have priorities.
This is one of those movies whose appeal will last for generations. Sort of like the Wizard of Oz.
And all I can say is "Wow."
It was all I hoped for and more. The first time I looked at the time, an hour had passed, and all I thought was "YES! Two more hours of this!!!" When 2 am rolled around, I was almost sad, because I knew the movie was more than halfway done. When it ended, I clapped, and wiped a tear away, because now I have to wait until next Christmas to see the next one.