This will probably turn out to be my least favorite Middle Earth film. It lacks the texture present in each of the other films. We only get to know one new location (Dale) and we meet no new characters. The love plot is hackneyed.
Apart from Thorin and 3 or 4 of his kin, the dwarves don't have any lines.
Much of the CGI action simply did not have heft. The resolution to the battle is muddied. The 2 main…