Written December 16, 2012
I enjoyed the Hobbit. It does a good job of getting through the first part of the book and sets up for the next film which should be exciting. They include some parts not in the book that make an effort to tie into the Fellowship trilogy which I personally think works. The digital 3D was alright, not that impressive. Seems like the push is to get folks to see this in IMax 3D rather than improving the digital 3D, which is a disappointment. Still, the Hobbit is worth seeing and I look forward to the next one!
Written December 17, 2012
Even is you're a hard core Tolkien purist(like me), go see "The Hobbit." Yes, there are parts NOT in the book that were added, so what? Did it follow the book page for page? NO. So what. The important content is there, acting was good, photography was amazing, and it offers action, emotion to go with a steady story line. The 3-D was nicely and not over done. If you've never picked up a Tolkien book, it will have you amazed, knowing the established characters does help. I loved Gollum, that part was almost exactly according to the book. All-in-all, a definite 4/5 stars, and can't wait for the next movie!!
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 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 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.