Lord of the Rings: to extend or not to extend?

Yesterday, for the second time in my life, I experienced an Extended Lord of the Rings marathon. My long-suffering partner had yet to see Lord of the Rings and was thrown in at the deep end. He survived - didn't even turn into an Elf (more's the pity?). But is sitting through over eleven hours of film really worth it? Couldn't one just watch the theatrical edition? Surely the extended versions are just for nerds and die-hard film fans? Consider: 1) Boromir One of the most important reasons to Watch Extended for me is Boromir's characterisation. In Theatrical, he is a weak man, tempted by the ring to bring power and glory to Gondor. He comes across as treacherous and, while struggling with himself, he ultimately comes out on top - but is it too little too late to redeem the man? In Extended, we see a lot more of the Gondor he's left behind. He has more conversation with Aragorn and shows more concern...
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