Written December 28, 2012
I really liked that it stayed true to the theme of LOTR and it was a good movie. My only complaint was that there were really no good-looking leading men like Viggo Mortensen and Orlando Bloom as in the original LOTR trilogy to hold my interest. It also was slow to get moving, but I think that the second movie will be much better now that the group is well on their quest and the action is beginning.
Written December 14, 2012
OMG!!! This was awesome! I am a dyed in the wool Tolkien geek, and I have to say I was blown away by this adaptation and I can hardly wait for next year's installment. Shore's score was amazing, incorporating themes from LotR as well as new material in a seamless fashion. I also loved how PJ incorporated some action-packed AU gapfillers into the movie without cutting out any major scenes. He rearranged some events, but not in any way detrimental to the source material.
I grinned maniacally as my favorite bits from the book played out on the big screen; but it was a good deal of fun to see some of the additional material as well.
Martin Freeman was a stand-out as Bilbo, beautifully portraying his hobbity combination of compassion, courage in a pinch, vulnerability, Tookish adventureishness, Baggins' fussiness and a lovely dry sense of humor. Ian Mckellan slipped seamleassy back into the skin of Gandalf the Grey, and Andy Serkis brought a whole new level to the role of Gollum.
Written December 18, 2012
I admit I was a bit worried hearing that the Hobbit was going to spawn three nearly 3 hour movies. I was pleasantly surprised that instead of feeling stretched, it felt natural and the time passed before I knew it. The visuals, as always, were spot on and the 3D helped immerse without feeling gimmicky. I loved how it started, tying in nicely with the start of the Fellowship of the Rings. I highly recommend.
Written December 16, 2012
I am an avid fan of Tolkien and this movie has something for everyone. I saw the 3D version and was not disappointed. Peter Jackson has done an end to end great job while staying true to the story.
Written December 16, 2012
What a pity Jackson forgot the very things that made the three films of the Ring Cycle awesome: A complex tale told in many many simple layers. If he had, then The Hobbit would have been the mirror reflection of the same: a simple tale told simply. Instead, the movie I saw tonight was gimmicky, with gratuitous and very silly battles going on all the time. No attempt at sense. 40,000 Orcs aganst 13 hero dwarves --and the dwarves won. How? Because Gandalf bounced a light flash in the enemy's eyes and shouted RUN! By the end, he had shouted RUN!! more times than I could count. Things have to get pretty awful to make Ian McKellan look like a bad actor. But Jackson did it! If it were only a silly movie, I might not have been so appalled. But it was worst than silly. It ruined a great story. Jackson could have done otherwise--as he showed in the few quiet, elegant moments of this three hour torment...at Rivendale, in the first Bilbo/Gollum encounter, the flash forward to Frodo. BAD BAD MOVIE