>Leave dragon alive at end of second movie with dramatic cliffhanger
>Make posters featuring said dragon to promote third movie
>Kill dragon in third movie before the sub title is even shown
I don't think the Hobbit movies were as good as the LotR ones in general, but whereas I found the other two mostly enjoyable (especially the second) I found this one mostly disappointing. Aside from the dragon related letdown (I'll admit 80% of my reason to go see it was to see more Smaug destruction), a lot of the scenes that were meant to be emotional and moving felt weak and forced. Fili's death was the only time I was really sad; the tragic end to the dwarf / elf romance wasn't very persuasive (perhaps because their 'love' seemed to blossom mostly within a single day of captivity, haha), nor were Thranduil's awkward transitions between being a terrible dad and king to giving Tauriel and Legolas comforting advice. The big monsters were another disappointment (mostly just YET MORE ORCS / TROLLS, the latter of which began looking eerily like Titans from Attack on Titan--did anyone else notice the movie poster similarities, too?), with some sweet "earth eater" monster worms showing only long enough to dig some tunnels and leave and the Tauriel / Legolas team encountering no nasties at all along their long-yet-shortened-to-a-minute trek to Gundabad. Yesss, I get that more giant monster battles would have deviated from the book, but since the director's been doing that fairly consistently (Tauriel and the earth eaters appearing at all, for example), having some big epic beastie brawl would've compensated for Smaug's early departure and the continual been-there-done-that orc onslaught we've only seen in EVERY OTHER FREAKIN' FILM of both trilogies. The pretty consistent lack of humor was disappointing, too. I get that the director wanted to make the Hobbit out to be nearly as grim as the LotR series, but since even LotR's gritty world had some good laughs and both the other Hobbit movies had some mirth in them, it was sad to go without.
Sooo... yep. Sadly not the best conclusion to the sixth and presumably last of our Jackson related trips to Middle Earth. Emotionally was left mostly with a lot of blinking and thinking "wait, that's it? That's ALL?"