Written December 23, 2012
I will admit that I was a little worried when I heard that Peter Jackson was turning the smallest book in the series into 3 - 31/2 hour movies. This may annoy people who say that it doesnt follow the book series. After watching the movie I realized it was an amazing movie and I will go see it again.
Written December 16, 2012
Not "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" or "The Transformers".
What a piece of garbage. Charmless and brash. This is the McDonald's version of Tolkien. Eat it up!
This adaptation should have been billed as "inspired by an idea by J.R.R. Tolkein. "The Hobbit" is a simple, straightforward tale, written more for the sensibility of children. The implications for "Lord of the Rings" should be just that. Implications - not effects-laden back-story and narrative train-wreck.
This affair is not improved by the fact that Jackson couldn't direct a wet paper bag. Instead of getting anything from his actors, he leans on the volume of the soundtrack - pumping romantic orchestration as a cue. Hitchcock could manipulate with music. Mr Jackson is no Hitchcock - and his orchestral dreck was composed by no Bernard Herrmann.
If the arts and culture mean anything in the cosmic sense, then there's a place in hell, to welcome Mr. Jackson.
Written December 16, 2012
Movie had incredible special effects! My neck still hurts from trying to avoid objects coming at me in 3D. There were several scenes that really did not have to be included at this time; the artsy ones can be added to the Director's cut DVD package[do i really need to see a thrush fly in front of me and break a nut?]. My recollection is it is about 40% of the way into the book at the end. I cant wait for the next one!
Written December 15, 2012
I LOVED LOTR but this isn't lotr, this is the Hobbit. It was okay, not great, just okay. The story was SO SLOW in getting started. It was like it was a little bit of story and then 25 minutes of a grandiose moment with Elrond, or some other figure. The best part of the film was the last 30 minutes.
LOTR this is not. I respect Peter Jackson and am a huge fan but I really hope that parts 2 and 3 have more story and fewer grandiose moments. Even my girlfriend complained, "I kept waiting for something to happen... how can the movie be over already? Nothing happened!" I have to agree with her.
I liked it, of course I did! It's the Hobbit for goodness sake! Just don't expect a lot of story.
Written November 24, 2014
The film was good, but seemed like the 3 hours that it was. The previous movies suspended time for me, but I was aware of every second. Never really got lost in the story. Still, if you're a fan, you'll have to see it. Let's hope the next installments bring back the magic.