I don’t mean financially. Money-wise the Hobbit movies are fine.
As a long-time Tolkien fan/fanatic I was leery of the Jackson Lord of the Rings films, but came to greatly appreciate them. I saw them many times in the theatre, bought multiple copies, and have rewatched at home. The first two Hobbit movies - I saw in the theatre, enjoyed, but have no desire to ever watch again. I will follow the same pattern with number 3, most likely. (I always preferred LOTR to The Hobbit as books, also).
Now everyone’s mileage varies, but I bet we can get a consensus that Jackson LOTR films are better than The Hobbit films. What I’d like to know is your opinions on HOW they are better and WHY.
My short answer: Hobbit(s) too long, too many orcs. Less emotional involvement. Glow of $ signs overcame love of source material. Replaying good elements from LOTR films rather than coming up with new approaches (wizard fight; falling bridge; more examples too depressing). also - Repitition - why do something once when you can drag the scene on and on (barrel escape in river)?
caveat - Not saying everything’s bad (More Gandalf the Grey! Bard the Bowman. Cool song about Misty Mountains. Evangeline Lily surprisingly good).