One heck of a review, Mark. You always give an honest review for us. You actually may have convinced me that I should go see this film...I'm not into the whole LOTR, Hobbit thing either. I can appreciate great filmmaking though.
"The Hobbit" and "Life of Pi" are in a league of their own this year when it comes to Cinematography and visual effects. Even if I were someone who disliked the story and action etc, I'd want to see "The Hobbit" again strictly for the joy of the glorious visual brilliance of the whole endeavor!