It may have worked as one great film, but as it is...it's 1/3rd of a relatively simple children's story, filmed by a director who has a tendency to make everything drag out much longer than necessary. I mean, LOTR felt overlong even with three dense books of source material to work with, so this...well, I'm not convinced.
I'm sure it'll be a good film, but I don't think the overall story is strong enough to top the other trilogy, let alone be the best film of the year.
For me it is. I liked Skyfall, The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises but LOTR is simply a part of me now and since the Hobbit belongs to the same world and writer that' s enough to make me look forward to it in awe.
My instincts say that trying to split a single book into THREE movies is going to lead to a fvck load of wide angle frames of characters walking around through beautiful landscapes and other boring crap.
They stand capable of being the biggest disappointments in cinematic history. By a long shot. And it won't be that hard for it to happen either. Pretty much everyone is going to be expecting nothing short of "best movie of all time" and will bag them when they end up being simply great movies.
I have faith but would be absolutely crushed if they let me down.
The bar was set almost impossibly high by the LotR trilogy that anything less than runaway Academy Award ( like so much of a runaway that they don't even bother nominating other films ) will be a failure.
Won't know until I see it. Though I think it's safe to say it will win several awards just because of the production value and the names involved. That should be enough to guarantee a few trophies regardless of whether or not the film is actually enjoyable.