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Not a movie for Tolkien fans, charitably perhaps a movie for Jackson fans. Poor dialogue, some naff special effects (hobbit feet are pretty bad), poorly thought through innovations in the plot, yet another cheesy cameo (Billy Connelly playing a cartoon Glaswegian). Probably the weakest of all of the Middle-Earth movies.
I bought this because it had Captain Janeway in it and I'd seen her rhapsodising in an interview. After an unpromising start it turns out quite well. I was unprepared for the fairly graphic porn in the first few episodes. And it looked like it was going to be a moderately funny rom/sit-com. The stereotyping is fairly gross most of the time - gender and racial.
But it improves as time goes on. The smut is toned down and the characters start to emerge. The main character turns out to be quite a divided personality. Her brother provides an interesting contrast and some back story.
Overall I found it an interesting story. Prison is a pressure cooker that forces Chapman/Kerman to confront her self (which is what she tells a visiting delinquent. But perhaps for the first time in her life she also have to confront unreasoning open hostility.
The finale is rather a shock. A brutal finish and no doubt. But season two is already showing and we can read Kerman's book (which has many reserves on it in my local library).