---This Post Contains minor SPOILERS for
both The Hobbit, and the movie (Part 1) of the same name.---
The Hobbit (Part 1) movie is still eight months from release, and I already have a minor litany of complaints about it. I'll restrict each post to a single point.
In an special screening of a ten-ish minute long segment shown to theater owners and reporters in late April 2012, (in which it was generally lambasted for using 48 FPS 3D filming techniques, which I cannot comment on, having yet to see that) one reporter gave a quick summery of a few of the tidbits he was privy to, including this quote:
"Bilbo imperiled by three giant troll-like monsters before Thorin Oakenshield and the dwarves come to his rescue." [http://uk.movies.ign.com/articles/122/1223523p1.html]
The DWARVES? SERIOUSLY?
This is a perfect example of changing the superbly crafted story that J.R.R. Tolkien wrote simply for the sake of changing things. This is the one thing that truly drove me bats-in-the-belfry, crawling-up the-walls, yelling-at-the-theater-screen, enraged in the Lord of the Rings movies.
I have always loved the scene with Burt, Tom and William. It's a delightful, light-hearted, yet suspenseful encounter. In it we get to see that Gandalf is not only a high and powerful wizard (A member of the Istari, a Servant of the Secret Fire, wielder of the Flame of Anor, etc.) but he can use guile and small tricks quite effectively as well. In addition to all this, we get to see the, nature of Trolls, how they interact with one another, and just how out-classed dwarves are by Trolls.
Instead, it looks as though we are going to get, "dwarfs attacking monsters." (Yes, I spelled dwarf with an F; as in Fail.)