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A Truly Unexpected Journey

By hrobertking
Written September 22, 2014
Having been a Tolkien fan for years, my wife knew I would be wanting to see this movie. In support of me, she read the story ahead of time so I wouldn't spend time trying to explain everything. As it turned out, we walked out of the theater trying to figure out what was going on together, because there is much in the first installment that was not in The Hobbit, nor in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. While I would classify this generally a poor adaptation of the work, the story flows well and fits well with the trilogy. The acting was better than a lot I've seen recently and the cinematography was outstanding. Sets, costumes, choreography, directing, everything, even the writing, combined into a well-crafted experience. It's definitely recommended, just be warned that this not Tolkien's story, it's a story *based* on Tolkien's story.
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Keeps with the spirit of the LOTR films

By acompton65
Written December 17, 2012
While I have seen this panned by the critics a bit I felt like the first installment of the Hobbit was pretty well done. like the LOTR movies Jackson did a good job fitting in a lot of background information to help set the story, which is contrary to how most classic book-> screenplay conversions go. Was very happy to see it and look forward to the remainder.
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A wonderful journey

By Jacksonnv_moviebuff
Written January 02, 2013
Though this could easily be cut into one long movie (with a lot cut out), it's done well. A bit detailed, but I actually liked it. Loved the book and cartoon version years ago, very pleased with the movie version finally coming to life.
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Jackson doesn’t disappoint!!

By vnatanzon
Written December 17, 2012
Jackson doesn’t disappoint!! We watched it in 3D yesterday. I was initially a bit concerned. My fear was, can Jackson do it again? Also, Hobbit was before Lord of the Rings and the story is not so reach (in comparison). But Peter Jackson proofs (again) that he is a great interpreter (plus Bakshi) of Tolkien mind. He creates visual world with strange, enchanted and funny characters and opens the door for you to walk in. In 3D it makes it even more realistic and magical. I personally don’t like movies over 2 hours, but in this case (like in ring trilogy), I wish it would continue more. All actors played very well and the scene in goblin underground kingdom was superb. The usage of special effects utilizing 3D animation is at its best. As with the ring movies, you are awaiting impatiently for the next chapter..
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Absolutely go see it on the big screen in 3D

By newbie-in-GA
Written December 17, 2012
It was a wonderful adventure (to the point it stops JUST when it is about to get even MORE exciting), and the 3D did enhance it. I can hardly wait for the next installment.
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