The main thing you need to ask yourself when you leave the cinema is, "Did I enjoy that movie?" If your answer is yes, then it's not 'Blind Approval', it's called enjoying the damn movie. You stated on the last page that you did, 'enjoy the movie', so what's with the snarky comment almost implying that we're weird for being Tolkien fans but still loving the heck out of the movie? You clearly like Tolkein based off your comments and Similarion stuff, and you enjoyed the movie, so I don't see what the problem is. State what you thought was strange about it (Like you did with your Goblin King comment etc from the last couple pages) and see what other people's opinions are, but don't try and say that people liking those aspects is, 'Blind Approval'.
In regards to Azog, I think Peter had two choices, either add that 'Main Antagonist' in to give the movie a more tense story Arc making the film stand better as it's own journey. Or spend all that time that was spent explaining Azog and any scene that involved him or his band of Orcs, basically instead just having talking shots between the Dwarves, learning about them, their history, more silly humour etc. Now I personally wouldn't mind it either way, when it comes to the Writing team behind these Middle Earth films, I'm happy to spend an hour of just character background setup, since it's always still done extremely well in both script and direction. But as a person who understands basics of our society, majority of people need more then that, they need an antagonist to follow and they need at least some action to break up the "slow" sequences. Frankly it could have been completely terrible, but in the hands of Peter Jackson he was able to create this interesting plot Arc, build up a character who in the book was essentially nothing and turn a film which could have had no tension and mostly 2 hours of character setup, into a Thrilling and intense journey which satisfied both aspects.
As I've stated before, I don't think The Hobbit is better then LOTR (And that's just slightly unfair considering it's 1 movie VS 3 >.> ), and I don't think it will beat out LOTR even after the entire trilogy is complete (Unless the next 2 movies are Higher then God Tier). Even comparing Fellowship of the Ring VS Unexpected Journey I still think Fellowship is better. But it was still an immensely enjoyable movie, worthy of being called a 'Tolkein based' movie and another year to wait is going to be an Expected Journey of patience. (For reference, IMO FOTR > TTT > UJ > ROTK and Bilbo (Martin Freeman) > Frodo)