I was not taken over by the graphics, as I really didn't find any visual differences. I noticed some of the improvised animations in the cut scenes. Where as I give them props for working within the engine, the clipping can be distracting. The cinematics are all from the original trilogy and where they deviated from there, they use stills and artistic renderings. This was beautiful, but I felt that this also disconnected the experience very drastically from the original trilogy. This could have been on purpose, but I wanted to see this as a better tie-in, and treated so.
It is the Lord of the Rings, so you get exactly what you should expect with sweeping, epic orchestral movements and monk choir-like chanting. I loved the sound track. The voice acting was on par, but was not exactly movie quality like the original game. Still, all and all well received.