Re the Hobbit: at the risk of annoying Peter Jackson's huge fan base, I have seldom felt so thoroughly disrespected as a consumer than with this movie. Why? because the whole thing depends on getting me to suspend disbelief, and they didn't even try. It was far more important to the movie decision-makers to pile one special effect and action scene on top of another than to put the viewer into a storyworld and do the work to keep them there.
Yes, the effects were fantastic. But they were also unbelievable.
Spoilers follow. Just in case I've got the tagging system wrong.
Somewhere in the middle of all that action, my eyes glazed over. I felt like I was in the middle of a video game where I never got to play. And I don't like video games.
C'mon, guys, you want my dollar, tell me a story
I can at least pretend to believe in.