For me, the change with Arwen at the fords was still a dumb idea. But I think they did that at the same time when they were going to have her at Helm's Deep. The change with the elves coming to Helm's deep didn't bother me because they were trying to portray how the elves were still fighting in Middle-earth. It probably would have happened in the book if they weren't busy fighting on their own lands. The change in The Two Towers with the warg attack didn't bother me except for Aragorn going off the cliff. I thought that was cheesy and I doubt too many non-readers were fooled by that. As for the change in Faramir, I still think it was a terrible idea. I'll give it my final rating after I watch the extended version but after hearing the writer's reason for changing him I am even more upset. They said that it would ruin the whole feeling of the ring's power with their demonstration of Frodo and Gollum if they suddenly introduced a character who says "I would not take this thing if it lay by the wayside." Well, it didn't mess it up in the books. And even in the movie, Gandalf resists when he is offered it, Galadriel resists when she is offered it, and Aragorn resists when he is offered it.