As an individual who has read The Hobbit several times, I was going into the third installment of The Hobbit with expectations of further unnecessary additions and omissions from the book that would make the movie less than it could be. I would say that it is a good movie, keeping the expectation of disappointment for book fans in mind. My biggest criticism of the movie was the prequelish treatment given to the story, with other elements being mild irritants.
Problematic prequel positioning
A scene that caused me to literally cringe and bemoan was when Legolas tells his father he can not stay and Thranduil tells him to seek the Dunedain in the north and amongst them a son of Arathorn, a good man, who could become a great man, and is called Strider in the wild, though his true name is something Legolas must find out for himself . A completely unnecessary scene that they decided, hey, lets put this in here to tie it to the LOTR even though it has absolutely no merit to this movie whatsoever.
Also, the Sauron segment of the storyline was too much at the forefront for me. The influence would have been much more foreboding it left in the shadows and insinuation. The appearance of the very ghostly Nazgul , not to mention Sarumon's "leave Sauron to me" line just felt forced.
What in the world was with Kili giving Tauriel his pebble , I did not realize that dwarves learned their mating rituals from penguins. Theirs is a love that will never die, except for Kili's, his love died with him. Stupid love triangle that was merely a way to get Legolas in the movies
When Thorin takes his best warriors to kill Azog in the battle they ride some rams, which neither they or Dain's army were shown to have previously. The rams just show up riderless, wearing dwarven kit, in the midst of battle, with only enough for the four dwarves ever being shown. Maybe there was some deleted scene that could explain it, but it was something that snapped me out of my suspension of belief.
While on the subject, what was with the boar, why on earth would a dwarf be riding a boar, and if it is effective, why was there not a dwarven contingent of boar cavalry.
The abhorrent character, Alfrid Lickspittle, and his overuse.
Well, that does it for now, I need some time to collect my sensibilities and remember the good parts of the film before I continue further.
Post edited 12/22/14 4:47PM