Written December 15, 2012
Unlike the LOTR trilogy of movies, which followed the books almost religiously (with a few noted exceptions), The Hobbit seems to take a great deal of creative license in the details of the movie that just flat weren't in the book at all. If you're ok with that, or haven't read the book, it's an entertaining movie. If you're a Tolkien geek, you'll probably be disappointed, but still entertained.
Written December 16, 2012
The visual effect of this movie was great! Watching the movie was like reading the book again with pictures and sound. Nothing new, but I didn't expect it. The picture was long, but I appreciated all of the content that was included. There is so much in the book that previous movies have left out.
I am looking forward to the next installment!
Written January 24, 2017
Having been a Tolkien fan for years, my wife knew I would be wanting to see this movie. In support of me, she read the story ahead of time so I wouldn't spend time trying to explain everything. As it turned out, we walked out of the theater trying to figure out what was going on together, because there is much in the first installment that was not in The Hobbit, nor in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
While I would classify this generally a poor adaptation of the work, the story flows well and fits well with the trilogy. The acting was better than a lot I've seen recently and the cinematography was outstanding. Sets, costumes, choreography, directing, everything, even the writing, combined into a well-crafted experience. It's definitely recommended, just be warned that this not Tolkien's story, it's a story *based* on Tolkien's story.
Written December 17, 2012
The critics who said the show dragged were wrong. Lots of action, although the movie lasts almost 3 hours, so it does take a while to get to the conclusion, although holding my attention. Still, a good ground work is laid for follow up series. Beautiful scenery and very good 3 D in the 3D version. Hobbit Baggins is excellent as is Gollum. Worth seeing, but perhaps we were a little spoiled by the original Lord of The Ring Trilogy so this movie, while fine, is a bit off the mark of the original.
Written December 21, 2012
I struggled to stay awake. Some people left halfway through the film.
Boring, almost three hours long, and a desperate attempt to imitate the magic of the LOTR trilogy. Wait until it is on cable.