On The Hobbit:
Overall, I liked it. I’m not really much of a Tolkien fan, but I don’t mind that this got lengthened and split into three movies. The Silmarillion, Lost/Unfinished Tales, and Appendices stuff isn’t popular or well-known enough to ever get movies of their own, but they are the glue that holds The Hobbit to the greater, grander histories of Middle Earth. I’m grateful Jackson took this opportunity to weave in stories that might otherwise never have seen the light of a projector.
That being said, the 3D seemed pretty pointless, the HFR made me feel like I was watching a 1990’s BBC miniseries on fast-forward, and not even the hotness of Thorin and Kili could quite make up for the complete lack of female characters, which is kinda why I’m not a Tolkien fan in the first place. I mean, the only reason we even had Galadriel was because of the additions Jackson made. Okay, Tolkien. Females don’t matter in your world. I get it. Let’s move on (and let’s not even talk about how the production company turned away PoC extras to maintain the white racial purity of Middle Earth, because it’s like beating a dead dwarf pony in a Laketown barrel.)
I mean… seriously… they could have made half those dwarves female and/or PoC and it wouldn’t have affected the narrative one bit. AND we would have been able to tell them apart. And all the purist Tolkien fans would have fallen on their own axes over the atrocity of it. Win all around. I’m only half-joking here. That would have delighted me so much if they’d actually done that.