I liked this movie. Obviously there was a lot to clean up after TLJ and I think they did a good job of it. Some of it is a bit "off" but man some of you guys literally hang on every single little point.
There is a shitload of people playing. Lots of auction, crafting, grouping going on. No you do not get expansions but at minimum since your VIP I think you would get Moria for free with the lotro points you would have by then.