It seems expectations for The Hobbit were set at an unattainable level by many, setting the movie up to fail from the start. It gets an unfair shake by being overly compared to Lord of the Rings. Yeah yeah, it’s a prequel to the franchise, you say, so it should be compared. So, I’ll explain. Lord of the Rings is considered one of the best trilogies of all-time, which has only gained esteem over the years due to the devoted sentiment of its fan base. Some would even put it above the Star Wars trilogy (I’m not taking a stance there and opening up that can of worms right now). Thus, with The Hobbit coming afterwards, it is expected to be bigger and better. Held up to such fanboy standards heightened by nostalgic reverence, The Hobbit has no choice but to be a disappointment. But, if allowed to stand on its own merit, The Hobbit can be so much more.