Having splept on it, I don't now want to really add anything too much to the above, and want you to go see the film and then come back to discuss what you've seen. You may explode though. Giving a 'Blow by Blow' would truly spoil it for a lot of you, as you won't be able to stop yourself reading this.
Suffice to say, I WILL say that the sequence between Ian Holm and Elijah Wood DOES bring a lump to the throat. Dwarves Handling plates is phenomenal, and makes you wanna join in, and Gandy comes over as a bit of a chancer too, IMO. Plus, By the end of the film i LIKED, yes, I said it, liked Martin Freeman as Bilbo, it WAS his acting all along. the Dwarves AREN'T as silly as they're painted. (apart from a couple of stupid Jokes given to Ori). And Thorin's voice seems to have been re-dubbed by Sean Bean for some reason... Radagast and the Bunnies are AWESOME. don't care what anyone says, and the Goblin King is truly awful, in every way, and if you can stand the ending, I STILL wish Eagles grew that big here on Earth.
On the Tech side, apart from almost everything being coloured and sharpened to within an inch of its life, the 3D is, IMO, quite bad. It seems to be used in some places, and then not ! and its style is that of 'The 3D viewer' type from the 70s, but on a larger scale. Figures and Objects seem to be on 'Planes' slotted one behind the other. such as the old viewer pictures did on those small plastic windows forty years and more ago now... Maybe one DOES have to watch in 48 to not notice it as much. You'll not see such a brazen Example, as in the first five minutes, when Thorin is shown standing at the side of Thrors Throne. seems very crude for the money splashed out on the Tech... Oh, and some of the dialogue is, well, dire too !
If I had to, and I guess I do. My rating out of ten would be 6.0 and I can only guess at what we're going to see in the next one...Giants and Spiders and Bears ? oh My !