Originally Posted by Rylant
I just got back from an early showing of it. I cannot begin to say how disappointed I was with it. Keep in mind, I LOVED The Lord of the Rings movies. I have read the Books, including The Hobbit several times throughout my life. I played Dungeons and Dragons for years during my youth because of the Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
Same background for me. I am saddened by your post, although I know I will still get my butt into the theatre in the next week or two just based on accrued enthusiasm over the last couple of decades.
From what I've heard, the most egregious fault is that Jackson has mis-played the entire tone. LoTR
was meant to be an epic of existential proportion, deeply imbued with and flowing from the history and mythology Tolkien lay out. The Hobbit
was meant to be a fun adventure story (with a tiny bit of foreboding thrown in, mostly ex post facto, with the ring).. If Jackson had approached the book with that state of mind, I don't think there's any way this would be a trilogy, so although I haven't seen the movie yet, I suspect the reviews along these lines have merit.