I’d known for some time that a live action adaptation of The Hobbit would inevitably be made. It’s not as if it should come as a surprise to people given the success of the adaptation of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. They were extremely good movies and deserved the accolades they received, both individually and viewed as one entity.
As much as I love The Lord of the Rings, in film and in print, I just couldn’t bring myself to watch The Hobbit. It has absolutely nothing to do with the story at all. My main issue with The Hobbit film trilogy is that it shouldn’t be a trilogy in the first place. The book is hardly long enough for one movie by itself and some of that is filler to begin with.
Where each book of the LOTR trilogy could justifiably be made into a film by itself based on pretty good descriptions of events – although there were some significant storytelling changes – there’s just not the material to make three movies in The Hobbit. Because of this, it feels like a cynical attempt to cash in on audiences, especially with the inclusion of Legolas.