i finally saw the hobbit, and was somewhat disappointed. i wish jackson would have taken more creative license and come up with more original settings.
going back to rivendale for yet another quest counsel *yawn*
going back underground for yet another scaffold falling escape *yawn*
yet another chase through the rocky fields from orcs on dog beasts *yawn*
yet another flying eagle escape *yawn*
it seems half the movie was a retread of elements from LOTR. i found myself relatively bored, rather than feeling nostalgic. this needs to be more original to survive yet another 2 movies.
and the smartest oldest people in middle earth are not at all suspicious of Saruman while he is being so dismissive?
I read Tolkien, and i know hobbit preceded LOTR so obviously it's LOTR that took elements from hobbit - but we are talking about a movie here, and honestly i think Jackson got lazy with Hobbit, and just took set pieces and CGI frames out of mothballs for this. Tolkien decendents already washed their hands of these movies* so Jackson should have used that freedom to get crazy with Hobbit.
* they would not authorize the use of any Silmarillion content.