Was fantastic in almost every way. Peter Jackson did such a good job.
I like the fact that this series and the LOTR trilogy is done completely different, because well, they are two different stories. Yes, one tells the background, but they aren’t the same.
When he is done, he will have created TWO trilogies that will not only be good on their own but good to watch together. You will see more clearly the slow fade to darkness. EEEEP. :D
If I hear one more person make the ignorant comment of “It’s just a rip off of LOTR” I will shoot them. In the face. With my fist.