Feb 26, 8:34pm
That's part of what prequels do
But there were quite a few: Gandalf bumps into the chandelier, Gandalf gets his shadowy-voicey thing in Bilbo's house, "that's my wee lad Gimli," etc. And of course the worst was Thranduil telling Legolas to look for Strider, but oh well. None of them really bothered me.
Again, they're prequels and they needn't be apologetic about being prequels.
I do want to talk specifically about the Gimli "cameo". There's a great quote of Philippa Boyens which should be studied in screenwriting classes, that being "everything in the script needs to do more than one thing." Well, as it happens, that beat does so much more than merely referencing (or rather, presaging) The Lord of the Rings.
When I watched that for the first time, I chuckled at the reference, but I also thought: "Oh right, these Dwarves left families behind to join this quest", which was quite a sobering thought.
But before you accuse me of reading too much into it, I invite you to look at the film and see that this is in fact a recurring theme of the movie. Kili, also, reflects upon his family back home. Thorin is reminded of this too, in his confrontation with Fili. Heck, Gloin himself later grumbles about the lengths to which he went to launch the quest.
It all feeds into the weariness of the company, which eventually results in them giving up on the hidden door.
(This post was edited by Chen G. on Feb 26, 8:39pm)