I have heard complaints from some that there is too much of Lord of the Rings in Jackson's movie. That's part of what I love about the Hobbit movies! In the Hobbit book, Gandalf leaves Bilbo and the Dwarves on their own at a few critical junctures. And … in LOTR … the wizard explains to Frodo and others that at those times, he was off gathering information about the gathering war and the entity that later events reveal to be Sauron.
Jackson, who is a huge admirer of Tolkien, has put Gandalf's excursions where they properly belong: woven among Bilbo's and the Dwarves' adventures.
Other reasons I love this movie – and its predecessor:
The adventure. It is grand and rollicking and wonderfully over-the-top – just what I hope for from this kind of fantasy.
The dragon. Smaug is magnificent!
The hunks: Kili, the Dwarf. No wonder Tauriel is attracted to him! Legolas – of course! I've had a crush on him since LOTR. It's fabulous to see this character reprised! Legolas' father, Thranduil. I'm not sure I'd want to pal around with him, but he is sure easy on the eyes! Oh, and Bard ain't bad lookin' either.
Tauriel. I love that Jackson has added a new dimension to The Hobbit with a female character who can kick butt. Yes, she's got a softer side – she's attracted to Kili as any normal female, human, elf or otherwise, would be. And she's beautiful, which elves are supposed to be. But she's also a warrior, seeming to be as good with a bow and arrow as Legolas – a strong female character in an otherwise male-dominated setting.
Bilbo Baggins. Peter Jackson cast the perfect actor in those role, IMHO.
My one disappointment: That I have to wait for a whole year to see the third movie.
My overall opinion: Awesome job, Mr. Jackson!