I'll be honest guys, I was SO excited for this movie. I've read all of the Lord of the Rings, including the Silmarillion, multiple times. Okay, I take that back... I only read the Silmarillion once. Heck, I even took a Tolkien class in college!
I think the Lord of the Rings, as presented by Peter Jackson, was great. He missed a few key parts (Frodo leaves on a elven ship at the end? Um, what happened to retaking the Shire from Sarumon!) but overall I think he stuck with the plot of the book for the most part and did a fine job.
But my lord did he butcher the Hobbit. I don't think I need to point out the Hobbit is the shortest book; most of us know that. It is a lighter tale, and I couldn't wait to see what Jackson did with the story. Upon watching, I wasn't just disappointed, I was MAD. How can you take a great, classic tale, written by a deceased man, and change so much? You don't just ADD an arch-nemesis that had nothing to do with The Hobbit (I'm talking Azog). That is sacrilege to Middle Earth if you ask me. On top of that, he spent around HALF of the movie, IMO, just setting up the next movie. THE NEXT MOVIE!?!?! Each of The Lord of the Rings movies encompassed a book, what makes him think the SHORTEST one should be stretched out to three?
In my opinion, his only vision is self-serving, and greedy. He wants to follow up with another epic film-series, which would be fine, except one big problem - HE DIDN'T WRITE THE STORY. I feel that his decisions for this film were all to create another legacy. Hopefully everyone else doesn't fall into this trap.
Like I said, I'm a huge LOTR fan, and will be for life. But I refuse to go watch any of these other movies. Sorry for the rant, and the caps. It's kind of sad that I am this worked up about a fake world, but hopefully some of you can relate. I was legitimately mad when I left the theatres.