“Jackson is a terrific director who did a truly amazing job on the LOTR trilogy.”
Only if you overlook the fact that he changed motivations and personalities for several of the characters (including main characters, changed (as opposed to omitted) certain plot points, and omitted a delightful rebuttal to the evils of socialism (Scouring of the Shire) on the grounds that he “didn’t like that part in the book”.
Well, I only read about halfway through “Fellowship” and was pretty much bored to tears, so I credit Jackson with keeping me enthralled the entire time. As I understand it, the scouring of the Shire was after the other events of the books. People complained about the third movie ending too many times, I can’t imagine what would’ve happened if he’d kept it in.