Written December 21, 2012
I struggled to stay awake. Some people left halfway through the film.
Boring, almost three hours long, and a desperate attempt to imitate the magic of the LOTR trilogy. Wait until it is on cable.
Written December 14, 2012
This movie is action packed and fun from the first moments. It fits seamlessly into the Lord of the Rings trilogy and is full of amazing scenery, killer monsters, exciting characters and, of course, beautiful music that made my heart skip a beat. Well played Mr. Jackson, well played.
Written December 26, 2012
Having been a Tolkien fan for years, my wife knew I would be wanting to see this movie. In support of me, she read the story ahead of time so I wouldn't spend time trying to explain everything. As it turned out, we walked out of the theater trying to figure out what was going on together, because there is much in the first installment that was not in The Hobbit, nor in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
While I would classify this generally a poor adaptation of the work, the story flows well and fits well with the trilogy. The acting was better than a lot I've seen recently and the cinematography was outstanding. Sets, costumes, choreography, directing, everything, even the writing, combined into a well-crafted experience. It's definitely recommended, just be warned that this not Tolkien's story, it's a story *based* on Tolkien's story.
Written December 17, 2012
While I have seen this panned by the critics a bit I felt like the first installment of the Hobbit was pretty well done. like the LOTR movies Jackson did a good job fitting in a lot of background information to help set the story, which is contrary to how most classic book-> screenplay conversions go. Was very happy to see it and look forward to the remainder.
Written January 02, 2013
Though this could easily be cut into one long movie (with a lot cut out), it's done well. A bit detailed, but I actually liked it. Loved the book and cartoon version years ago, very pleased with the movie version finally coming to life.