I watched The Hobbit on the morning of December 16th (and then a second time in January) and Les Misérables on the evening of December 23rd. I enjoyed both movies! However, there were aspects of each that I did not like. This is by no means to say I hated the movies for what they did to stories I care about. I understand that in adapting a story from one medium to another it is necessary to make changes. Ever since I watched The Fellowship of the Ring and realized that Tom Bombadil wasn’t included my need for adaptations to be true to what they adapt has diminished. (But how could they do that! He’s such an awesome character and the scene with the barrow wights explains why Merry’s sword is so deadly to the Witch King—the sword was forged by men who fought against the Witch King—not to mention his songs and the fact the One Ring doesn’t affect him.) So rather than being in a rage, I enjoyed both of these films as adaptations.
As you have probably figured by now, there will be spoilers. Hopefully my vulpine helpers have edited away any big ones. If you haven’t read The Hobbit, then do so—it’s short and I recommend it—and if you haven’t seen Les Misérables, then I encourage you to see it. Because from here on out it will be hard not to reveal info about them. I may be able to hide major plot points, but aside from putting all of what follows in a spoiler box, there isn’t much I can do to hide all the details.