It's hard for me to figure out who the people who disliked The Hobbit are. The people who have read the books or those who haven't. Probably a little of both.
As expected, this relied heavily on the appendices for a good portion of the movie. It was crazy how perfectly true to the book a lot of the movie was and then on the other hand how much was changed for the benefit of making it epic. The changes didn't bother me at all, if you're making three movies than the first part of the movie had to have a villain and so they fudged on the story to make one.
I would imagine a lot of people have complaints about the first ten minutes or so of the movie. I'm glad it didn't take itself too serious though. The Hobbit isn't the LOTR, and I think a lot of people were wanting it to have the exact same feel, it was the same mold, but not the same feel, but right off the bat you see it's probably not going to be. Its not a dark book and youre going to laugh at times while reading and it was nice to see it was the same way with the film. The Troll scene was perfect, plain and simple, probably my favorite part, next to the riddle sequence which is my second favorite part of the book. It was one of the true dark and eerie parts. Hearing Bilbo talking word for word out of the start of the book was great, and having the song included was even better.
For me, I really liked it. There really is only a few Dwarfs that are going to get much attention, but they did a really nice job with Thorin, Dwalin, Balin, Bofur, Fili and Kili.
The others didn't have much screen time.
Scale of 1-10 what you got. Scale of 1-Chris brown how much did you hate i?
LOTR was probably a 9 for me, this was probably an 8-8.5. Walked out of the theatre happy and not many complaints.
Also, I, moving to New Zealand.