December 14, 2012
For Tolkien Die-Hards and Newbies
This was a beautiful film, full of adventure and life. Peter Jackson has taken The Hobbit's storyline and perfectly balanced its childish lightheartedness with the more serious aspects of the Appendices. There are so many little aspects that die hard fans of the books and LOTR films will eat up the entire time, but it is also fresh enough to hold onto the attention of someone who has never read or seen any of them. The cinematography was great and, while a lot of people do not like the new style of film that Jackson used, if you go into expecting it to have a different feel than the LOTR films, it won't bother you after the first 5 minutes. As in the LOTR films, the writing was great and the music was brilliant. The song that the dwarves sing gave me chills and brought me to tears. This is a great family movie, though if you have young children that scare easily, be prepared for some fantasy violence and monster scenes. All in all, an amazing movie that I will be seeing again.
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