"Well I was expecting a boring slow start! THERE WASN'T ONE!!!!!!! I went to see this film in IMAX 3D and it blew me away, when you go and see a movie in 3D it often ruins it but this one made it better, like all the lord of the rings it blows you away right from the word go, the sounds were perfect the picture was amazing and gripping and all the way through the film I was totally in a magical world somewhere in Middle Earth. Martin Freeman plays an excellent Bilbo and Richard Armitage has the brave strong face to play thorin. the story is extremely gripping and Gollum once again does not disappoint like always. I cant wait until the next two GO AND SEE IT NOW!!!!b4 and a half stars"