Originally Posted by NewChief
I originally disliked the making a trilogy from the single work of the Hobbit. Then I thought, "WTF? Who cares, I get to spend 6 more hours inside Middle Earth instead of just 2 more." There's also the fact that they've moved well beyond the material found in the Hobbit for the movies as well. If they'd try to just stretch the material in the Hobbit and tell it in a narrative that strictly imitates the novel into 3 movies, then I'd have been annoyed. After I saw it, though, I was cool with it.
Agreed, and they're not just making stuff up from nowhere. While some of the stuff is off-camera (re: the "Necromancer") we know it does happen.
This is Tolkien's story AS told by Jackson. If you're a purist, then I'm sure you will hate it, in which case don't go. For the rest of us, I think Jackson has earned our trust that he will do no harm, and will entertain us greatly with his vision of the story.