I ended up liking The Hobbit last year more than I thought I would, although I freely admit that I went in with pretty low expectations. In spite of that, my expectations for this second Hobbit movie are extremely low, especially in light of some new news that's popping up lately.
You may wonder why I'm chasing spoilers for a movie that's still coming, but 1) I don't care as much about spoilers as some do, and 2) c'mon, I first read the novel thirty some odd years ago, and I've read it many times since then.
I haven't been happy with the additions that wormed their way into Jackson's LotR movies. With The Hobbit, a novel of considerably less content, stretched out into three lengthy movies, it was clear that even with using the Gandalf and Dol Guldur stuff at the same time, that a lot of crap would have to be added to pad out the movies. We'll really start seeing that this time around, and the previews have given us our first glimpse into what that will mean--this ninja, Joss Whedon-esque "warrior babe" elf. Who, it appears, will now be torn in some kind of love triangle thing between Legolas and... Thorin Oakenshield. Girls all over can now decide whether they belong to Team Thorin or Team Legolas.
Holy crap. No wonder the Tolkien estate is ticked off. Adding a cheesy girl-porn romance angle to The Hobbit sounds like just about the worst decision I can possibly have imagined.
Expectations have plummeted and are now in complete freefall. Ugh.