I’ve said this before: I wish we could get a ~4hr edit of all 3 of the hobbit movies with most of the excessive crud removed. I think it’d be an amazing movie.
While I do enjoy all these movies on some level – just for the action & fantasy – it was simply too much. Too much action, too many extreme situations, too many implausible situations, too many special effects, too unlikely of a romance… and on and on. I’d be curious to see these 3 movies edited into a single ~4 hour movie with all the fluff edited out. It might actually be pretty good.
As for these people who complain about the high frame rate as looking like cheap TV… They remind me of a 12-year-old who doesn’t like tomatoes because “they’re icky”. Basically, they have undeveloped senses of taste.
As for the movie? Well, sure it was probably longer than it needs to be, but it was just as long as I wanted it to be. I liked the back story, and didn’t find it distracting or unnecessary. The filming was beautiful, the effects stunning, the acting, good enough… This movie was pure candy.