Written February 11, 2016
Saw The Hobbit yesterday. It could have been at least 30 minutes shorter without harming the story. Found myself looking at my watch a few times. Photography stunning and makes it worth going all by itself. Story drags a bit and some of the action scenes seem to be a poor substitute for continuity. "X" factor was missing from this film though I wanted it to be there and looked really hard for it. Still, a good flick and glad I went.
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.
Written May 05, 2016
I was not disappointed at all. Action packed. The 3D effects were very good. Really hard to believe they would all live through the "over the top" perril - but very entertaining and a great story. Ended at an appropriate time - not unexpectedly. Looking forward to more and owning this one on Blu-Ray.
Written February 12, 2016
The movie was very close to the books and was entertaining. There was a little bit of a slow beginning but once it got going it never stopped. The only downfall was that the movie was three hours long and gets rather tiring sitting through it with 3D glasses on. Would definately recommend seeing it though.
Written March 27, 2017
What's there is well done and a joy to watch, but it leaves out the entire ending of the story. Hobbit part 1 would have a more appropriate title.