1 - She fights Orcs in Bards house, so in some way she does. She also guides them from Laketown as it's being attacked by Smaug
2 - Is she required too? In Tolkien's writings Elves are generally unconcerned with the affairs of other species. Even Galadriel and Elrond take only an advisory role. Legolas and the sons of Elrond are the only ones actively fighting alongside Man.
Tauriel does seem to take an interest in them. But how one Elf, banished by her kin is supposed to protect the people of Laketown?
She has her own agenda.
3 - She does not agree with the isolationist policies of her people. And think going in to lock-down is an incorrect strategy. I would say most people who have seen the film would agree.
4 - She does not fight beside her fellow Elves because she arrived much later in the battle, and she has been outcast. She does engage is some amount of fighting.
5 - This I can agree with. Considering her arc which involved Kili, it should have been her to kill Bolg, not Legolas.
6 - Considering the Elves in general are unconcerned with other races, especially Dwarves I would call this progress.
7 - Tranduil is portrayed as callous and obsessed with some gems. Can we blame her?
8 - ..... how?
9 - So because she is a woman she should be reduced to tasks like that? There are other characters in the films who do do such tasks. (Bard's kids) Why should Tauriel be reduced to typical female stereotypical roles of care-giver?
10 - Partially true, but that's more a direction issue then anything else. Those endless slo-mo shots during Kili's death scene. But she kicks ass during many fights in the last 2 films.
11 - True, the worst part of this characters arc. The love story doesnt work.
12 - Slight hint of sexism here. Perhaps she earned that post through hard work and dedication. We have no idea how old she actually is or if anyone else was better qualified.
13 - Agreed, idiotic callback to FOTR, though I'm not sure its a fact that Silvan Elves no nothing about Athelas. The whole Black Arrow plot is stupid anyway, where do Orcs get Morgul arrows with the same properties as an ancient Nazgul blade?
14 - Might have been Kili hallucinating!
15 - Maybe, but that's far from the most dramatic change. It's not even universally agreed upon that Tolkien's Elves had pointed ears. It's also yet another example of the institutionalized racism that is accepted when aimed against red haired people.
16 - Elves and Dwarves generally don't get on. And she barely has any screen time with Bilbo.
Memoirs Of A Geisha was the last time that Williams had a serious shot at his 6th Oscar. And it's the only one in living memory where the composer was actually actively going out and promoting it during the Oscar season.
Sadly two Williams scores were nominated that year and it was generally believed that the double nom ruined Memoir's chances.
Should Spielberg or the studio have withdrawn the Munich score from consideration? Since the composer was clearly hedging his bets towards MOTG?