They captured a few of the moments nicely, but the thing is, there's a lot of good dialogue that got snipped due to time constraints. Meanwhile, the director still had lots of time to have the cameras linger over the expensive sets & costumes & 2nd rate CGI.
For the third part, I hope they take a cue from "The Fountainhead" movie, and just make the characters TALK FASTER!
Fredric March spit out his lines like a machine gun. So did everyone else, for that matter (except the laconic Gary Cooper, of course).
Really, guys, if you're working with idea-dense source material, the way to relay it to the audience is with idea-dense dialogue.
Meh... they won't listen to me, and the third movie will be as half-hearted as the other two. But I'll watch it for the sake of closure.
My only hope is that, before I die, someone will get so furious at how poorly this novel was adapted that they'll do a better job at a remake just out of spite.