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.
Written August 21, 2014
I've read the books and this movie was done tastefully.
Must see if you are into the series. If you haven't read the books and have seen the Lord of the Rings trilogy, it will be a sure treat, especially in 3D.
For those not too enthused with the trilogy and have not read the books or are not into this fantasy, it may be too long for you.
Written March 05, 2015
The movie was very close to the books and was entertaining. There was a little bit of a slow beginning but once it got going it never stopped. The only downfall was that the movie was three hours long and gets rather tiring sitting through it with 3D glasses on. Would definately recommend seeing it though.
Written August 20, 2014
I was not disappointed at all. Action packed. The 3D effects were very good. Really hard to believe they would all live through the "over the top" perril - but very entertaining and a great story. Ended at an appropriate time - not unexpectedly. Looking forward to more and owning this one on Blu-Ray.
Written April 25, 2015
What's there is well done and a joy to watch, but it leaves out the entire ending of the story. Hobbit part 1 would have a more appropriate title.