The Hobbit was the shizz dizzle that got me interested in the whole thing.
Let me say this about the first two movies of the trilogy, they were both well shot and very intriguing visually. My first thoughts on seeing the difference from the first to the second installation was that they went more for mass appeal on the second. I thought that the first (Fellowship of the Ring) was more of a dark artistic flick while the second was faster paced and aimed more for the general public. I know some of it has to do with the books themselves and how they play out but there was something special about the Fellowship. With that said, I actually enjoyed the Two Towers more myself for multiple viewing.
Just a quick note to those comparing Nazi's to the Orc's, etc. I honestly don't see that....what I see is your classic good versus evil scenario, maybe you know something I don't. Now those comparisons may be correct, but you could do that with anything considered to be an "evil" entity....Nazism, Communism, Democrats....the list goes on and on.
Is there truly an good vs. evil comparison in the world? I personally don't think so. Take a look at Communism...in it's truest sense it's a beautiful thing, but it's man that corrupts. While Capitalism is for those who work hard to get ahead in life but it also has it's flaws because of man. It's our greed and lust for power that ruins anything.
I guess we can all make real life comparisons to movies/books but I just don't see it in this case, at least not an intentional one by Tolkien.
Well, I'm tired and hungry....must recoop and get ready for my EXTENDED VERSION of the Two Towers to come either tomorrow or the next.