"I've just seen the film. I wanted so much to like it, but sadly, no. Much of it comes over as a hugely extended video game. Less of the dwarves, fewer battle and chase scenes would have tightened the structure. It's called "The Hobbit", but too often Martin Freeman is backgrounded to spectacle. The film is at its best when he comes to the fore eg the riddles in the dark sequence. From prior reports, the length was to allow character development, but where LOTR scored in that department, this feels thin, and long for length's sake. Hopefully PJ will look back on it, realise his error and release a tight two and a half hour version of the entire trilogy in the future. BTW this review is of the 2D version. Nothing to be gained in seeing it in 3D, I fear."