Written December 14, 2012
OMG!!! This was awesome! I am a dyed in the wool Tolkien geek, and I have to say I was blown away by this adaptation and I can hardly wait for next year's installment. Shore's score was amazing, incorporating themes from LotR as well as new material in a seamless fashion. I also loved how PJ incorporated some action-packed AU gapfillers into the movie without cutting out any major scenes. He rearranged some events, but not in any way detrimental to the source material.
I grinned maniacally as my favorite bits from the book played out on the big screen; but it was a good deal of fun to see some of the additional material as well.
Martin Freeman was a stand-out as Bilbo, beautifully portraying his hobbity combination of compassion, courage in a pinch, vulnerability, Tookish adventureishness, Baggins' fussiness and a lovely dry sense of humor. Ian Mckellan slipped seamleassy back into the skin of Gandalf the Grey, and Andy Serkis brought a whole new level to the role of Gollum.
Written December 18, 2012
I admit I was a bit worried hearing that the Hobbit was going to spawn three nearly 3 hour movies. I was pleasantly surprised that instead of feeling stretched, it felt natural and the time passed before I knew it. The visuals, as always, were spot on and the 3D helped immerse without feeling gimmicky. I loved how it started, tying in nicely with the start of the Fellowship of the Rings. I highly recommend.
Written December 16, 2012
I am an avid fan of Tolkien and this movie has something for everyone. I saw the 3D version and was not disappointed. Peter Jackson has done an end to end great job while staying true to the story.
Written December 16, 2012
What a pity Jackson forgot the very things that made the three films of the Ring Cycle awesome: A complex tale told in many many simple layers. If he had, then The Hobbit would have been the mirror reflection of the same: a simple tale told simply. Instead, the movie I saw tonight was gimmicky, with gratuitous and very silly battles going on all the time. No attempt at sense. 40,000 Orcs aganst 13 hero dwarves --and the dwarves won. How? Because Gandalf bounced a light flash in the enemy's eyes and shouted RUN! By the end, he had shouted RUN!! more times than I could count. Things have to get pretty awful to make Ian McKellan look like a bad actor. But Jackson did it! If it were only a silly movie, I might not have been so appalled. But it was worst than silly. It ruined a great story. Jackson could have done otherwise--as he showed in the few quiet, elegant moments of this three hour torment...at Rivendale, in the first Bilbo/Gollum encounter, the flash forward to Frodo. BAD BAD MOVIE
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.