Damn you Peter Jackson!
Last time I had high expectations and you disappointed me. This time I come with no expectations and you still manage to disappoint?
(Warning! Movie spoilers!)
Okay, this film proved to me - this shouldn't have been a trilogy, at all. Way too much unnecessary stuffing and filler in an attempt to stall for time.
The first scene - Gandalf and Thorin - an event that happened in the past. Completely unnecessary and doesn't advance the story. Also the dialogue was pretty redundant.
The skin-changer-dude. He appears, gives exposition, and isn't referred to again in the film. At least his stay was short.
Then we have the "elves" section of the film. This section would probably have been fantastic if it was shorter, and didn't contain a character that didn't need to be there. I get what they tried to do, I really do. Give some character arc and focus to some of the minor characters, but whenever we focus on these character arcs, the story halts and we end up with melodramatic conflicts and we lose focus on the main characters.
I didn't like the female elf. Not because she wasn't in the book, but because her sole purpose is some love triangle crap and takes time away from the main characters.
I didn't like Bard either. He arrives out of nowhere and all of a sudden, the film revolves around him and his town. Couldn't we establish that town and character earlier instead of throwing all of this at once? Arcs of minor characters are better when they are spread out throughout the story, not when they are brought in blocks.
All of the above, though, leads to my main problem with this film in particular. The main characters (Bilbo and Thorin) barely have any focus in big chunks of the film. Only when they're finally out of all the elves and the lake towns, do they finally have some time to shine (Bilbo did at least have some focus at the early part of the film). The scenes that showcased Bilbo's cunningness and courage (in the beginning) and the last part of the film in the dragon's lair, were my favorite scenes in the movie. The majority of the rest was just melodramatic stuffing of character arcs, and action (more on that in a bit). Minutes go by without Bilbo or Thorin say a word.
Now for the elephant in the room... Legolas. I think the idea of having him in this film is neat, because it's appropriate, but sadly, this film took the idea into the extreme. Sadly, Legolas here was Legolas times ten. He was mostly used for the action scenes. Yes, I know Legolas is capable of doing all of these stunts, yes he's awesome, I got that Jackson, but that's where his character ends. He's a badass and somewhat of an asshole. Oh no, sorry, in this film he also has a love interest, because obviously, that's what you do with a character when you have no clue what else to do with. Just ask Gosho.
The scenes of Legolas and his father were neat, though. Legolas had a life before LOTR, that was something nice to see, but that idea stretched itself more than it should.
Now for the action scenes, they just go on and on and on, until they feel redundant. Moreover, there are way too many improbable stunts going on. Fine, let Legolas have his moments, but why does everyone need to be a super fighter? By making all of your action scenes so amazing, you take away from your climax, which was great as well, but the fighting scenes before those were still too long.
For stuff I liked besides focus on main characters: Gandalf scenes weren't too long and were pretty decent. It was a nice film to look at and had nice visuals, especially the dragon. I liked the last part of the movie and the first part of the movie.
Overall, I enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed the first Hobbit film, as in...meh, it could have been better. It was decent, but disappointing (I can be redundant too Peter Jackson).
I really don't think it was a good movie, though.