+ Evangeline Lily as Tauriel was not nearly as annoying in this film, compared to the last. I actually wish she did more badass stuff
+ Martin Freeman as Bilbo, Richard Armitage as Thorin and Lee Pace as Thranduil are standouts, making the most of a bland and uninspired script
+ Smaug’s destruction and mannerisms, and Benedict Cumberbatch’s guttural voice work
– Legolas in general. He didn’t need to be in the film at all, and much of his ‘epic’ moments felt forced
– Far too reliant on CGI. Azog and Bolg both look like plastic cutouts over the background scenery
– The whole film seemed too concerned with foreshadowing moments from the LOTR films, rather than attempting to be a good adaption of the Hobbit book
– The armies in the film were different from the book; no wargs and only a goblin cameo is disappointing
– Galadriel’s ‘dark queen’ mode was lame, as was the entire Gandalf/Saruman/Elrond battle at Dol Guldur
> The entire existence of Legolas in the films undoes some of the magic from the LOTR trilogy; he’s already risked himself for a dwarf and helped them in battle etc.
> Thranduil and Legolas’ final conversation doesn’t make sense in the context of the following movies, nor does Saruman’s threat regarding Sauron
> What happens to Tauriel in the LOTR films? Why are there no were-worms? No troll catapults or battering rams?
Should you see this film: This film was bad. Watch it if you are a purist, or want to have a monster marathon of all six Middle-Earth films, but otherwise give it a miss and rewatch the original trilogy instead.