Review... "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"
Little slow, but a good story with "some" decent action scenes. Worth a watch especially if you are interested in the series, but it is a bit predictable. There are parts where you start thinking "how much longer", never good in a movie, but still as a fan of the book/author it is worth watching... but, they could have done better on the ending!
I believe the reason we, or I, find this series less interesting/entertaining than "The Lord of the Rings" is... we are now familiar with "middle earth" and I believe "The Hobbit" was written for younger children than "The Lord of the Rings" was...
Anyway, if you are a fan of the series it is worth a watch... but you can wait for the DVD or iTunes release.