Saw it last night, and pretty much agree with the thumb sideways assessment. I can see what they're going for with the whole Azog thing; intended to build up to adding a less anonymous fate to Thorin in the eventual Battle of 5 Armies. But it was definitely clumsy from the start. The pale guy swore an oath to exterminate his bloodline! When they first met! Therefore he's a terrible enemy from his past! Doesn't follow. Radagast's portrayal was certainly a bit much. Poor Sylvester McCoy certainly does play the heck out of terrible things he's given though. My Doctor Who geekery has always wished his run as the 7th Doctor was given better things to work with, because I had the impression he really could've shined much brighter in the series if the BBC hadn't apparently been trying its hardest to murder the franchise at that point. (I'm guessing; just what it felt like. I digress.) I never even noticed the elfblade inconsistency of glow, but now I'll see it forevermore. Thanks! Jackson lucked out so much by getting Serkis as Gollum. I was annoyed every time it cut away to slapstick Goblintown fights from the awesome Bilbo vs Gollum confrontations. I worry about how they'll shoehorn in non-book Gollum appearances in the rest; I take for granted that they will. Probably end up having him ride Azog around like Master Blaster from Thunderdome.