Originally Posted by NewChief
I haven't seen the Hobbit yet, but I disagree with Tolkien's son. The films of the Lord of the Rings were completely appropriate, as those novels are basically the telling of a war along with a hero's quest. Those are both very appropriate for an "action" type movie.
However, I can see his criticism of the Hobbit being valid, as the hobbit is more of a coming-of-age/quest novel. I think that Jackson is trying to transform the source material into more of an action/war movie in the same vein as LOTR, and I can see that causing problems and contradicting the "feel" of the novel.
I think Jackson has flat-out said he's modifying The Hobbit a bit (three movies and using a lot of the Silmarillion) to kind of mirror the LOTR trilogy in both length and tone.