However, and it’s a big however, it’s just too long. They’ve made up stuff that wasn’t in the original book, like the white orc and radagast who was missing from the Fellowship of the ring. Most of the scene with the dwarves at Bagend is tedious. They’ve brought in other Characters from the Lord of the Rings who were not in the Hobbit and worst of all Martin Freeman is still a dreadful actor.
Fili and Kili, and the rest of the dwarves for that matter, are very well cast. Richard Armitage is incredible as Thorin, but I couldn’t help thinking his appearance was based on Damian Wilson from Threshold now that he has the beard! The final two hours of the film are, for the most part, genius and I’m already looking forward to the second one.