The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies was done magnificently indeed. The special effects are amazing, Smaug is terrifying (at least if you watch it in 3D), and the battles are very realistic. They didn't really take anything away from the book. In fact, I think they added quite a bit. The only thing I was disappointed in was how Thorin dies. I was like 'Nah, he's smarter than that!'