Written December 15, 2012
Don't pay attention to the critics saying this doesn't measure up to the LOTR trilogy. It's great. Peter Jackson has worked his magic again. I didn't expect it to be another trilogy but, that just extends the Middle Earth Magic he's created. If you loved the LOTR trilogy, you'll love this too. Go see it!
Written April 19, 2015
I had heard it was going to be long, so when the screen went blank, I thought, "This must be the intermission". Then the credits rolled!! Huh? Maybe it could have been done in one feature if so much extraneous crap hadn't been filmed. Forshadowing should be subtle, but it was so heavyhanded, time-consuming, and unnecessary! The visuals, character development, and cinematography were spot-on and the acting/casting were superb...but the writing was brain-dead!! Why was I seeing characters who never appeared in the book at all?! I understand when some things must be cut from a book to be converted to film...but added?! How arrogant is that? This movie is a sad departure from it's inspiration. The menu at Denny's is outstanding. The movie? Not so much!
Written December 26, 2012
We went to the theaters at Bella Terra in Huntington Beach, CA- after waiting for 45 minutes, they announced that the projection equipment wasn't working. They offered free passes and refunds - except we bought our tickets on Fandango so they were not able to refund our money and Fandango states that they don't offer refunds - so we got screwed.
Lesson learned - buy your tickets at the theater.
Written April 19, 2015
I WAS WORTH THE MONEY TO WATCH IT IN 3D. THE MOVIE WAS PRETTY GOOD FOR A BEGINER,I CAN NOT WAIT UNTIL THEY SHOW PART 2
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.