Yes, finally. I delayed a long time because I wasn’t well and then I was waiting for my brother’s schedule to allow us to go together. Well, got tired of waiting and went to see it.
I have to say that I was totally spoiled before I saw it. Between the Hobbit Fan Event footage, and all the trailers and the fan reviews, I pretty much knew what to expect. I was worried that I would have a bad reaction to the changes PJ made to the story. Surprisingly, that didn’t happen. I was able to view the film as a separate thing – a film, not the book.
I loved it. I found the ending okay, although others have said it made no sense. To me it seemed understandable. I understood Thorin‘s use of the weapons available in Erebor to fight the dragon. I’m sure he had long been thinking about the fact that they had no time to use those weapons when Smaug first attacked.
I also didn’t mind the fact that Kili was left behind. It made sense in the context of this film. It was the right thing for Thorin to do. I also didn’t mind the Tauriel – Kili connection. I thought it was sweet. And I understand that it will make the third film that much more sad. Awwwww. I see what’s coming! Sad sad sad sad.
That said, I wasn’t so excited about this film as I was about AUJ. Discovering Richard Armitage as Thorin was a MAJOR achievement of AUJ!!!! This movie was great, but I already know how great Richard Armitage as Thorin is. I was prepared for it. And he fulfilled every expectation!! Richard Armitage is Thorin. No question. I can’t imagine any other actor portraying Thorin. Wow. What a tribute.