By now, my regular readers know that I’m watching these movies for Richard Armitage… and also Martin Freeman. Like my lil sis and BIL (they watched w/ me, lil bro, & Mom during the holiday break) said, these don’t come close to the LOTR films. Well, at least we finished the trilogy out. For those who wanted fighting, you won’t be disappointed here! For those of us who wanted more characterization, our time has ended (as Elrond said re: elves).
Bard the Bowman (and his adorable kids) create some family drama with their chemistry/dynamics. Gandalf is a part of the film, too. Fans of Orlando Bloom will be happy to see more (unrealistic) stunts and tricks from Legolas. I honestly didn’t mind the Kili and Tauriel parts, though I thought she was too emotional (in the end) for an elf. Book readers, I’m sure you didn’t want these elves around!
Armitage does get a FEW nice moments, though I think more could’ve been explored with his dragon sickness. As for the other dwarves, they are just hanging out in the background (too bad). I liked the opening sequence (with Smaug). Later on, I enjoyed the precision of the army of elves and the regular folk of the town trying to protect themselves (as best as they could). Overall, see it for the (continuing) special effects and the deaths (NOT a shock to you, I hope)!