I've never really given much thought to how much people bash the Lord of the Rings because they think it's too nerdy. It really doesn't make much sense. I mean, people complain that the characters like Legolas do a lot of impossible things like take down an elephant with 50 guys riding it, and people like Gandalf doing magic, but isn't that what movie-making is about: to make possible the impossible?
I personally think the trilogy's pretty amazing considering the work of Peter Jackson and the awesome job of the actors, but I'd like to hear from you and see what you think about the movies.
If you look at the story, all the movies and the books are better than cool, they're amazing. I appreciate the books even more since Tolkien created the world and the languages himself; an entire back story that may not have been necessary, but it is impressive. I guess if you try to really go read all the history he created, it can be a little nerdy, but as far as the movies go, you don't need any of that history, you just need to get into what you're watching and if you do, it's damn good. Peter Jackson is one of my favorite directors because of this trilogy. the first movie is in AFI's best 100 american films also so i guess you've got to accept that people think its something special, but everyones entitled to their own personal opinion obviously.
i don't know that it's nerdy. I guess if you obsessively reference or fanatically defend against every criticism, it could be nerdy, but that could be said for just about every film, tv show, song, book, video game, fad, etc.
and if it is nerdy, it really doesn't matter. these days being a geek is cool, and not giving a shit is also cool, so no matter what your opinion of the films, you're a cool guy.
personally i thought the movies suffered from bad pacing problems, and i actually found them kind of boring.