Written December 14, 2012
The movie was totally worth the price and lack of sleep for the midnight premiere. It was extremely faithful to the book, adding new dimension to Tolkien's marvelous story-telling. The combination of special effects, computer animation and acting was seamless and believable. The characters were well-developed with lots of back-story to give depth to their role. The riddle scene in Gollum's cave was perfect!
Many have lamented the length of 3 hours. I didn't want it to end! I'm ready to see it again, to read the original book again, to see the next installment. Marvelous job, Peter Jackson! Marvelous job!
Written May 29, 2016
This story could have been told in one three hour movie. Ok, maybe two for those of us who love Tolkien and have read the books many times like me.
The story didn't need to be bloated out with extra stuff to make it better. The Hobbit was already great. The following is a text I sent to my son soon after we saw it.
Elrond had 6 paragraphs in the Hobbit. He described the 2 swords and read the map in 2. No meeting with Sauramon or Galadriel. No speculation that the dragon might join with the evil (necromancer) that would become Sauron. No Morghul blade or talk of the witch king of Angmar (future leader of the Nasgul) 2 things that were only part of The Lord of the
Rings. No attack by the Elves on the Orc's. I think all this was added to make the tale darker, and more exciting for adults as it was written for Tolkien's kids as a fairy tale. Or because Peter Jackson didn't think Tolkien had tied the hobbit to lord of the rings well enough.
I still enjoyed the movie!
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 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 May 31, 2016
This movie has a different look to it. The 3D is subtle but effective. Very enchanting, and spiritual in subject manor and look. Thirteen dwarfs including the King , who looks a lot like Jesus, take a hobbit on a trek to save their home.
There is a lot of violence and scary episodes with wolves and trolls and other monsters so I don't think small kids should see this. Everyone else would probably appreciate it. It is a little long, but it really moved pretty quick and I enjoyed it never the less.