I almost hate to admit it, even to myself, but I was moderately disappointed in the movie.
I thought it was very sluggish getting started. From the older Bilbo sequence at the very beginning through the dwarves in his house sequence it just didn't seem to flow very well at all for me.
Perhaps what bothered me most was that I found McKellan's performance very flat, especially after the brilliant way he played Gadalf throughout LOTR. Perhaps it was age catching up with him but I just didn't think his performance seemed inspired at all. Same with Christopher Lee in his brief appearance. Though in his case I'm pretty sure it WAS affected by his age.
Even the action sequences were hit and miss for me. Some parts were pretty good (the Trolls in particular) but a lot just seemed too cluttered and ill focused. And the constant falling on portions of bridges through the Misty mountain "tunnels" and in general falling long distances without any injuries took me out of my suspension of disbelief more than once.
And one that's been thrown around back and forth on here - Radaghast. Not horrible but I didn't really care for the way they presented him.
There were things I did like. Martin Freeman did well as Bilbo in my opinion.
The encounter with Gollum was very well done also. (Though I did have trouble following his voice - if I hadn't read through that section of the book recently, I don't know if I would have understood much of what he said during the riddle game). Bilbo's decision not to kill Gollum was depicted excellently IMO.
I thought overall the Dwarves were well presented. Especially Balin. And I didn't have a problem with them Hollywood-ing up Thorin and Fili and Kili. I thought Thorin's back story was well done and his evolving attitude towards Bilbo, while it could have been better wasn't bad.
I thought the movie did gain steam as it went along which bodes well for the next two or at least gives me hope.
This post was edited on 12/31 at 11:02 am