I wasn't aware of The Hobbit being influenced by political correctness. I just thought that Jackson's insistence on all CGI, 3D and that stupid abortion known as HFR ruined what could've been good movies. True, he had almost no preparation time compared to the YEARS he had for LOTR, but I think 3D and stupid-fangled movie technologies went to his head and he fancied himself like James Cameron.
LOTR worked so well because CGI wasn't necessary for the most part, only for some of the creatures and so forth, and thus practical effects and miniatures ruled. But with 3D, it suddenly WAS necessary, and it looked dated faster. Not to mention the Hobbit's stupid gimmicks like all the weird physics stuff in GoblinTown, or the Smaug stuff, and certainly in the Battle of the Five Armies. Stupid, stupid, stupid.
Shoehorning in a kickass Tauriel (Not in the book) to the story is the main one, I only saw those awful movies once but remember housewives joining the battle in the last movie too for a girl power moment.
Hobbit really should have been one movie, two at the max without Tauriel and all the crap Jackson added like Azog.
Ah, Tauriel, yes, that was it. And that cheap-as-fuck Wormtongue wannabe was an embarrassment as well.
Jackson only wanted two movies at most, it was the studio who INSISTED on a trilogy.
I don't know that giving Tauriel a major role even makes the top ten list of mistakes in "The Hobbit"! I mean there was the decision to make three movies, there was making Thorin into a short version of Aragorn, there was the terrible cartoonish makeup/costume on the other dwarves, there was Alfrid, making the battle of five armies two hours long instead of skipping over the carnage like Tolkien did in the books, etc.
To get back to the original point of this thread, IMHO "GoT" kept up its quality longer than PJ's MIddle-Earth films.
Practically nothing in the movie was in the book. They were trying to turn the Hobbit into a Lord of Rings prequel.
The CGI was horrible and some of the action/fight scenes very cartoonish.
Tauriel"s storyline is one of the few things that kept me awake while watching the dreadful Hobbit films.