I thought that The Lord Of The Rings films were fine movies. Some of the story was weird, twisted, and of course, adapted for film. I thought that Mr. Jackson played the 'drama card' a bit too much during the scenes in Helms Deep with the crying mothers and children, and the epic sad film-score entitled 'We're all going to die'. Some of these scenes were all just Peter Jackson, and not J.R.R. Tolkein storytelling at all. I am guessing that Jackson felt the need to add a little 'humanity' to the whole thing.
Enter 'The Hobbit.' I was excited to hear that one of my favorite books of all time would end up going to the big screen, and that Jackson was going to direct it. OK, cool. Or so I thought. Having watched the two movies, which by the way, were supposed to end there, I am sorely disappointed in a whole lot of things. The story in Desolation of Smaug had me wondering if I had missed a whole bunch of things while reading The Hobbit at least 10 times. I know that movies don't usually follow books, but Peter Jackson has gone off the deep end. Now he is creating his own story, and has stretched out his last movie with "extensive use of the appendices that Tolkien wrote to expand the story of Middle-Earth". Gee that's great. If the barrel ride down the river in Desolation of Smaug wasn't ridiculous enough, now we get some Jackson adaptation and 'killing blow' to one of the greatest pieces of literature ever. I'm thankful that Jackson doesn't have anything left to ruin about this story. He's pushed it too far with greed, and felt the need to make the story a trilogy when its not necessary except to make him more cash. Maybe Jackson is the true Thorin Oakenshield...if you get my meaning.