I know some people hated them (particularly the last one, though I thought it was a good bookend for the series. And it showed the Battle of the 5 Armies…) but I enjoyed them.
This is a great adaptation of the song “Misty Mountains Cold”. Makes the movie even better, IMHO. I thought Smaug was treated great in this adaptation. And Lake Town wasn’t just a footnote, because we got to see Smaug attack it. Sure the barrel ride was a bit long, and the albino orc was a bit much (there had to be a powerful antagonist for the 3rd movie to work), but overall, it was as good, if not better, than Jackson’s LOTR.
There I said it.