Boy, that was worth the wait. It's fantastic. The use of György Ligeti's Requiem from 2001 was perfect. I can't wait for my son to see it this weekend.
Now, The Hobbit.
My wife's deep into Benedict Cumberbatch so she's more happy to see the film than she normally would be. After I told her I was seeing it at the midnight preview, she sent this text:
Elsewhere, the Tolkien geeks are up in arms about it. I saw one call it "The Desecration of Smaug" on Reddit. Give me a break.
Simply put, it is action-packed, fun and thrilling. Yes, there are some serious deviations from the source material, particularly in the last third, but people should get over it.
Go see it.
Now, for an in-depth addressing of some of those criticisms, I will do so after the JUMP.
SPOILERS, of course.