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 August 30, 2016
Very well done and loved every minute of it. We were pleasantly surprised to find that we had booked the movie in 3D. It made it more fun and really made you feel like you were in the picture with all of the characters. We got of the movie and had no idea it was as long as it was. Time really flies and you never feel like you're sitting in a theater for 3 hours. Great entertainment.
Written October 24, 2016
Good movie started a bit slow but got better towards the middle. It is long (almost 3 hours) and the guy behind me actually fell asleep snoring for an hour or so. Not epic like the LOTR series but definitely enjoyable. It was a little less serious and even a bit goofy at times but it did give some good background to LOTR. Loved seeing the familiar characters back on screen. Certainly some powerful characters and provides the backstory that helps you to better understand Bilbo. I recommend it but do not bring kids under 14, they will never be able to sit through this. As always beautiful landscapes and effects so probably best to see on the big screen. I see potential for greatness in the following films.
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.