Written September 18, 2014
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!
Written November 24, 2014
I had heard it was going to be long, so when the screen went blank, I thought, "This must be the intermission". Then the credits rolled!! Huh? Maybe it could have been done in one feature if so much extraneous crap hadn't been filmed. Forshadowing should be subtle, but it was so heavyhanded, time-consuming, and unnecessary! The visuals, character development, and cinematography were spot-on and the acting/casting were superb...but the writing was brain-dead!! Why was I seeing characters who never appeared in the book at all?! I understand when some things must be cut from a book to be converted to film...but added?! How arrogant is that? This movie is a sad departure from it's inspiration. The menu at Denny's is outstanding. The movie? Not so much!
Written December 26, 2012
We went to the theaters at Bella Terra in Huntington Beach, CA- after waiting for 45 minutes, they announced that the projection equipment wasn't working. They offered free passes and refunds - except we bought our tickets on Fandango so they were not able to refund our money and Fandango states that they don't offer refunds - so we got screwed.
Lesson learned - buy your tickets at the theater.
Written December 15, 2012
I WAS WORTH THE MONEY TO WATCH IT IN 3D. THE MOVIE WAS PRETTY GOOD FOR A BEGINER,I CAN NOT WAIT UNTIL THEY SHOW PART 2
Written December 14, 2012
Settings, action, style are very similar to the LOTR movies, however, this movie differs in good and not so good ways.
The acting felt more natural and there were quite a few laughs. The story itself is a bit more up beat and that came through with the character interaction.
The action scenes were very familiar and at time felt a bit over the top based on the size of the groups going against each other. There was one scene that felt disjointed in scenery, but still flowed.
Overall, the nearly three hours of viewing went by at a pace that felt no more than two. For those that know the story, you will be left wanting for the next installment. Those that are new, might find themselves left hanging at maybe not the best stopping point.