Favorite moments of the two movies have been Bilbo watching the dwarves invade his house/their greetings (not the dinner aspect really), Bilbo with Golem, and Bilbo with Smaug. Other than that, I could do away with the whole series, to be honest. Liked Bard and Legolas' additions to this film, but I thought Legolas was underutilized, as was Gandalf. I know he had to go on his own, but still... not seen from enough. The Orc's in the LOTR trilogy were much more frightening and intimidating.
The movies just feel like they've been continuously building to something in the third, which is why I'll give that one a chance. That doesn't mean the continuous building is quality film-making, because essentially all we've had is 5 hours and 42 minutes of stage setting, and let me say... it better pay-off. For it to pay-off for me personally, it'll have to be somewhere around The Return of the King. The scene where Golem and Smaug talked to Bilbo, were my favorites as I stated, but that's problematic seeing as how those have so many parallels. You can't do the same thing in consecutive films. What has been that exciting in any of these FYI? My favorite movie is No Country For Old Men... I don't need action, I love story. But man, this is medieval times! A ring that can dictate fate in the world! At least at the end of The Two Towers we had the highly memorable battle scene. There was nothing as memorable as that in either of these films, and I was hoping to see some memorable action scene in this.
Luke Evans has had a pretty solid 2013 acting-wise by the way. He was one of the welcomed additions in this, the main villain in Fast & Furious 6, and had a well-reviewed mini-series.
Three last things: I did enjoy the progression of the dwarves trustworthiness in Bilbo. That's been well-executed. It's been two movies and I'm not sure if I like the casting of Thorin yet. Big Benedict Cumberbatch fan, so I'm excited for what looks like an increased role in There And Back.