Desolation of Smaug. The barrel ride is awesome. Smaug is awesome. Tauriel, a made up of character, is the only interestingly developed character in the movie, which is the problem. We hit plot points but there's little development. We spend a heart beat in elf prison. With the bear. And so on. So we don't spend time learning about the characters.
Hamilton in Federalist No. 9 adds space to the New Science of Politics, which includes ideas like a constitution, checks and balances and a representative government. A republic can succeed in a large area because it gives citizens opportunity, a place to start over and become someone different and find new opportunities.