2) Glamdring and Orcrist only occasionally remember to glow.
3) Which is OK, since "glows brightly when orcs are around" isn't actually Tolkien's best idea; it makes the bearer awfully visible at inconvenient times.
4) Dwarves have 10,000 HP each, or else the Misty Mountains are made of cotton airbags.
5) If I ever build my whole civilization over bottomless chasms, I'll build sturdy bridges with real handrails that are supported by redundant ropes and knots.
6) Christopher Lee has gotten really, really old. It's tough to pretend that he's 60 years younger.
7) I've decided that it's lichen on the side of
8) The Battle of Five Armies is going to feel kind of anticlimactic after we've seen Thorigorn and his adventuring party kill orcs and goblins by the hundreds time after time.
9) How does the Great Goblin recognize Orcrist and Glamdring? Even Gandalf didn't know which particular Elvish swords they were. Orcs don't live for thousands of years...
10) Trailers: Man of Steel looks terrible. Whose idea was Kevin Costner? Even Amy Adams, whom I really like, looks hopelessly out of place. Jurassic Park 3D: we've now moved beyond sequels and remakes; we're just getting the same movies rereleased with the latest whizbangs. Pop culture devours its tail.
11) I actually liked Cate Blanchett's Galadriel better in the invented White Council scene here than in LOTR.
12) I of course like that Gandalf is never a 20th-level D&D wizard throwing fireballs and meteor swarms all over the place, nor a even a flashy Dumbledore. A flare in Goblintown is as showy as his magic gets in The Hobbit; his offensive magic is largely limited to setting pine cones on fire. I even like that, in the movie, there's some teasing about this: "How many dragons have you killed?" "Is he a great wizard, or is he more like, well, you?" But this all sits strangely with the Aragorning of Thorin and the Indiana Jonesing of all the dwarves. If everyone else gets turned into a 10,000 HP action hero while Gandalf stays the same, he starts to look pretty unimpressive.
13) Overall: not remotely as good as FOTR or Two Towers, and overall I'd still rather have the smaller Bilbo's-eye story. But I did like it better the second time around.