The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey & The Desolation of Smaug

After the success of The Lord of The Rings movies, Peter Jackson, most famous for his masterpiece Bad Taste, takes on The Hobbit. This comes before the LotR and was originally a children's story that explains how Bilbo gets the magical ring that would cause such trouble 60 years later. Unfortunately, Jackson, doesn't capture the fun of the book as well as he should, and made some pointless changes to the story (and I'm not talking about the fleshed out parts, just odd little things like some weird Dwarf-Elf romance and barrel fighting). Additionally, he tries too hard to recreate the action of the LotR at the expense of, for example, the songs, which add a lovely element to the book. I don't think this needs to be 3 movies in length, but we'll see how things go. The first part is still a good movie, but takes some time getting into; the second seems at times more of a filler to get us to the third. Hopefully, by the time this is ready to post I'll be getting ready to review that installment.