Well, I'm not far in the game, but the beginning levels aren't impressing me as much as I had hoped. The level design is pretty straightforward and bland, and so far it's simply following the first movie in a linear fashion. All the dialog is straight from the movies, although they changed some of the visuals a bit to include the Lego humor when they can.
However, once I arrived in Bree, I noticed side quests opening up. I did the first quest, and the game started to feel better. I'm hoping the game improves from here. I loved previous Lego games, especially Batmans 1 & 2, and Pirates of the Caribbean. But so far the beginning of Lego LOTR wasn't hitting me the same way as those games.
Fingers crossed it picks up.