I'm no JRRT geek, but I know enough about the story to understand that much of this movie is filler that's not part of the actual story. With the LOTR I got it, a bunch of shit had to be left out because each of the movies would be six hours long if they followed the story literally. Just in case you're thinking that yes, Basement Farmer does sound an awful lot like a JRRT geek, the story is that I listened to the books on tape readings several times doing long road trips with my kids. Anyway, I thought the first installment of the Hobbit was acceptable. Especially the visual effects. I heard a few JRRT geeks complain about how the movie deviated from the story. One major bitch was that what Radigast was to the Hobbit, Jar-Jar Binks was to the Star Wars prequals..nearly causing nerd on nerd violence. I understand artistic license and I get how literature doesn't necessarily translate to visual arts but D of S really bummed me out man. Way too much gratuitous violence for no real purpose other than a chance for Legolas to prove how badass he is as he demonstrates mad ninja-like skills as he merciously slaughters hundreds of orcs. I was like fuck, where's all the blood? He's hacking at them like a mofo and no gut's or blood, just an occassional severed head falling here and there. Anyone else kind feel the same about the film? Or I just being too harsh?