I kept waiting for the desolation to happen….I’m still waiting. Other than that the movie was pretty good. I found it long in terms of the scenes with the Smaug but it didn’t drag at all…. Also some of the scenes were direct copies of the LOTR scenes which were also the case with the The Hobbit. Only the level was as bad this time round. I think I counted 2-3 which were the same. There’s no secret with this movie…its Tolkien and fantasy and wonderful in terms of world building. I could live with the elves forever, even with King Thranduil sullenness….all that elven hair SIGH.