Saw the Desolation of Smaug
earlier today as my "Boxing Day Film". I enjoyed it reasonably well, though a good 60% seems to be "added content". Because of public holiday timetables, I got to Glendale about 90 minutes before the start of the film (with nothing open there other than the cinema and Hungry Jacks).
Anyway the film seems competent enough, but it looks "different from the first Hobbit film. To me, the 3D elements of the previous film seemed to imbue an "inner glow" to the landscape - in this film the daytime scenes look a lot like over-exposed video. But that said, everything is seamless and - though I really wasn't looking - everything seems very real. I was surprised to see Sir Stephen Fry and Benedict Cumberbatch in the film, and that Andy Serkis was a Second Unit Director on it. I rather think that Peter Jackson do do some of the stories set in Ankh-Morpork
as well because Lake-town just made me think of that all the time (especially Stephen Fry's character) - he'd do a better joke than the overdone badly timed efforts that pass as Terry Pratchett adaptations so far).
But it was certainly nice to see Bilbo and the Dwarves get into and out of trouble again. You'll need to see the next film however.