Jun 16 2013, 10:29pm
For some of us (myself included), it has to do with how well we knew the books before seeing the movies. I hadn't read the books before seeing FOTR, so I had no clue about what was left out, what was changed, etc. After seeing FOTR, I read through all 3 books, but my reading of FOTR was certainly colored by the fact that I saw the movie first. I was overall less happy with TTT and ROTK, but I still felt Jackson did a good job condensing the story (because remember, LOTR HAD to be condensed for time purposes). The visual style he presented in the LOTR trilogy was excellent, which I think also might have contributed to my more accepting response to the LOTR movies.
On the other hand, I knew The Hobbit (and the LOTR Appendices) like the back of my hand by the time AUJ came out, and so the changes were much more glaring to me. The first few times I saw AUJ, I was super amped-up and didn't want to admit that PJ maybe didn't do it as much justice as I would have liked. However, over time the changes bothered me more and more, and I'm at the point now where I can't watch AUJ without the PJ concoctions taking me out of the film a bit, and to an extent (and totally just my opinion), disrespecting what I feel TH is supposed to be all about. So far, I feel like Jackson has gone out of his way to emphasize Thorin, and he's rewritten his backstory in an attempt to turn TH into a story that rivals LOTR in scope (which it does not). I can still enjoy the movie, but not as much as I would have had Jackson stuck a bit closer to the text and the scope of the story (both for The Hobbit AND the Appendices). Azog's presence, in particular, still bothers me greatly. I also find the change in visual style a bit disappointing, especially with regard to the orcs. The orcs throughout the LOTR trilogy looked real to me, all of the orcs in AUJ (save Yazneg and Fimbul) looked horribly cartoony and not threatening in the least.
On a positive note, the wargs, while far from perfect and still too cartoony, are MILES better than the hyena-wargs in TTT. And although I'm record as thinking that the writing so far has been bad-to-average, I think the acting was top-notch- I particularly loved Freeman's Bilbo.
Anyway, I will most certainly see DoS, but after seeing the trailer, it looks to me like Jackson is taking everything I found disappointing with AUJ and running with it. I can only hope I'm wrong