So this must be Movie #4 of the "based on the Tolkien novel" series of movies that may never come to an end. It was wonderfully acted and photographed. The special effects fly past at the speed of light. The script had a good amount of humour to it, although I missed a few of the words and phrases between a combination of them going by so quickly and the refusal of our local theatre to turn up the audio volume just a twitch.
Overall I enjoyed it. I have never read The Hobbit so I don't have the stress of the purists over what was added in, taken out and otherwise tampered with for the sake of making a more interesting movie. I don't plan to read The Hobbit after my one failed attempt resulting in near terminal boredom that is the condition of people like myself trying to read a fantasy novel without the support of a decently creative imagination.
My only complaint was the mind numbing length of the various battle scenes.....and oh, there were so many of them. Mind you, all the 10 year old boys, aka grown men, in the theatre thought they were great, so everyone was happy.
Nice to have an evening at the movies, even if this particular movie seemed to drag on a bit longer than necessary.