I take it all back,...
This was so enjoyable! The still shots--like the one above--look bad, but that's not how the film looks. I thought the pacing was actually done well (because fans of The Hobbit hand to realize it is being made with the idea in mind that the audience member has not read the book and Jackson was sensitive to that). The characters have great dynamics with lots of artful tension and good investment has been made in them to carry our interest through to the end AND see why that which happens to them happens.
|See how blurry this looks? I didn't see any of that in the film.|
After the eagles have rescued the lot and taken them to the Eagles' nest, Carrock, they see the far off silhouette of The Lonely Mountain and Bilbo thinks, the worse is definitely behind us now. I am getting the review of Tolkien's book up, then I will review the film.
DO see it!