Jeff Lasala's Tor.com defence of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy has its good points. Namely, that yes, Jackson's The Lord of the Rings, expanded the series's popularity among mass culture.
Lasala also conceded that some of the book's more delicate parts would be difficult to render on the big screen:
But the point is that Peter Jackson didn't make a movie based on Tokien's The Hobbit. He made a film series which incorporated bits from the book, but which relied too heavily on extra-canonical, plot-sapping elements including:
- a stupid love story
- rabbit Santa
- overbearing darkness
- a long, boring speech between the dragon-dog and Bilbo
- the Laketown plot
- the Laketown fight
- a dragon that, instead of killing, flaps his tail like a dog and flabbers too much
The most egregious is that a small, fun book was split into three lumbering, disjointed films. There is simply no good light to shed on this series, long essay or no.