I went to the 3D version of THE HOBBIT: Desolation of Smaug. Absolutely fantastic. Jackson has included sections into the plot which were not in Tolkien‘s Hobbit, but which were alluded to as back story by Gandalf in LORD of the RINGS, so it did make sense that they’re in the Hobbit movie.
The movie ceased when Smaug flies out from under the mountain after the party of dwarves attempted to kill him in their fortress, to exact revenges on the people in Lake Town (the survivors and offspring from the city of Dale he’d razed years before. (Amusing to see Stephen Fry in the role of the pompous leader of the city.) In the book, that’s only one or two chapters from the end, so the gods know what will fill the third movie.
The 3D version was much more effective than the 2D video of an Unexpected Journey. So I expect I’ll be looking at the third movie as 3D as well. Five stars, and thanks again Mr Jackson for an expert transition of literature to movie.