Written December 23, 2014
Having realized (while waiting on line for this film), it has been 41 years since I first read the book (the first of a dozen times), I had high hopes for this production. My mind's eye had already produced this epic, storing it deeply in the grey matter. Peter Jackson did not let me down. The story is true to the novel and included the tiny details which are the magic of Tolkien's writing.
At 2 hours, 49 minutes I was left wanting more, and hoping the year 2013 flies bye so I can enjoy the second installment. Those with short attention spans were seen texting and heard mumbling (shame, shame).
Cinematography is excellent.
The 3D can get in the way during the fast action scenes but it also allowed me to soar with the eagles, after all these years.
Two thumbs and ten furry toes up.
Written September 02, 2014
Looking forward to the sequels. Last hour was terrific. Didn't really feel as long as it was. It is a bit more childish and silly than the LoTR Trilogy but not so much that it damages the film. Special effects were terrific and the 3-d was done well.
Written December 22, 2014
Filmed in stunning 48fps and a use of 3D that actually accentuates the movie rather than detracting from it, The Hobbit is a feast for the eyes. Returning to Middle Earth never felt so good. With epic vistas, beautiful effects, and chaotic battles, The Hobbit will draw you in, and take you for a ride from beginning to end.
The characters who go along for that ride with you though, are another matter altogether. Unfortunatly, the acting at times seems disjointed and lack luster. The first hour of the film is filled with slow plodding storylines, and acting that seems phoned in and just plain corny. With very little variety between characters, it is hard to find a reason to care about most of them, much less figure out who they are. The film also seems to develop a nasty habit of wandering so far away from the source material, you are often left wondering if it is even the same story. If you are a purist, be prepared to be disappointed.
Over all, it is a good film, just not amazing.
Written July 30, 2014
I'm a huge LOTR nerd, and have been eagerly awaiting the release of The Hobbit, and I honestly could not have asked for a better movie. Despite it being quite long, by the end of it I was wishing it would not end. The costumes were gorgeous! The 3D was impeccable, best I've seen, and the 48 FPS definitely helped rather than hurt. Visually and content wise, it was fabulous. The scene with Gollum was especially good--Andy Serkis had great comedic timing. Martin Freeman as the younger Bilbo was a perfect casting choice. All in all, it was amazing. Everyone should see it!
Written June 29, 2015
I loved it! I'm a big Tolkien fan but the Hobbit is a story that's been with me since I was 6 years old and I'm very attached to it. I love Peter Jackson's LOTR and I think I might love his adaptation of the Hobbit even more. It's great seeing Ian McKellan as Gandalf the Grey again and Martin Freeman as a young Bilbo Baggins is perfection. The dwarf cast are fantastic and it's great to them as more fully realized characters than sketches in the book. Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield is also wonderful, he brings such haughty nobility and yet sadness to the character. Radaghast the Brown is an odd delight. It was also wonderful to see the return of other familiar faces from LOTR. There is one addition to the film that I didn't care for but it didn't spoil the movie for me. It's of lighter tone than LOTR. It's very whimsical, magical, and funny and quite enjoyable. The Riddles in the Dark scene alone is worth the price of admission. I can't wait to see it again!