As a huge LOTR trilogy fan, I set the bar on this movie pretty high to begin with, but it just didn’t come close to where anyone should expect. I am not complaining about the story changes that many fans are, but about the production value of the movie itself. The LOTR trilogy had dragons, trolls, goblins and all other manner of creatures that looked spectacular, or at the very least sufficiently real to keep the viewer from loosing interest, but the special effects in The Hobbit were of very poor quality. All of these effects and characters looked very cartoonish and were a huge drag to the movie. The scene in the goblin’s cave looked like it was pulled straight out of an arcade game. Also, the dwarf’s characters were childish and poorly developed, and much of the dwarf acting was ‘phoned in’. Don’t go to this looking for LOTR. Go expecting LOTR meets Harry Potter meets the second Star Wars trilogy, because that is what you will get.