December 14, 2012
Beyond my expectations
I'm a hardcore Tolkien fan...read the LOTR trilogy twice before the movies came out and again after they're release, and I've read the Hobbit twice now.
I had a lot of expectations for this movie given Jackson's stellar work on LOTR...and it did not dissapoint! Jackson did a fantastic job of naturally weaving in additional content and characters from Tolkien's other works to make this nearly three-hour film a well-paced and well-balanced screen adaptation, even for Tolkien purists. Some of the characters new to the screen, particularly Balin and Bombur, were exactly as I envisioned them while reading the book! The humor and action were incredibly faithful to the book, appealing to adults and kids, though some scenes might be a little scary for younger children.
I saw the midnight premiere in IMAX 3D, and I highly recommend the same format to first-time viewers...the visual and audio quality are completely worth the extra bucks!
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