So, we went to see The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers again, this time with my father-in-law. On this viewing, I was able to look at it more clearly, and the cracks do indeed show, I am sorry to say. I hope for a director's cut, but do not see how they can right the wrong they did to Faramir. And do we need to start tacking up "watch for falling hobbits" signs around Middle-Earth? We had them falling out of the crops and down the hills, now falling practically into the Black Gate, where they weren't supposed to be, anyway . . .
Sam says something to that effect in his Gondor speech . . . something about "we weren't meant to come here." You're damned right you weren't, Sam. :(
Huorns shoulda been there, and the ents got short shrift. However, for some reason, I'm still kinda okay with the elves at Helm's Deep. Given Elrond and Galadriel's roles in Middle-Earth, that part seems workable and plausible, though it's just my opinion.
Troubled though, about #3 now. Had such high hopes after #1. Now, not so hopeful.