As stated in previous posts, I liked The Hobbit, but not as much as LOTR. The Hobbit contained too many cartoonish scenes, and that along with the content changes place it lower IMO (although I believe the Azog bit is an improvement on the book, but that's for another thread).
My question is, how has LOTR impacted our view of The Hobbit? I believe that the standard set in LOTR, from the cinematography to the score to the general epicness of it, has set the bar too high for the rest of the movies.
Let me save some of you some typing and state "The bar was set too low with the first movies, but PJ crashed below that with the falling of the Goblin King." (That's my idea of humor to you new posters, no need to label me as a negative purist.)