^ Just like a Nazi strawman.
Alidar Jarok wrote:
It's simply not possible to tell this story in one or likely two parts without cutting things out. Now you may think they should cut things out, but he's not really adding things.
I'm sure there will be padding ... but even so, there's a *lot* that happens in The Hobbit
that is quickly glossed over (like the rock giants). It's not a long passage in the book, but to do it any dramatic justice in a film, it would have to take a few minutes of time. Ditto for even smaller sequences like Bilbo's "purple emperors" - which will, no doubt, result in one of those lingering closeups and sweeping vista shots that Deckerd
isn't too keen on.