Written April 28, 2015
Very well done and loved every minute of it. We were pleasantly surprised to find that we had booked the movie in 3D. It made it more fun and really made you feel like you were in the picture with all of the characters. We got of the movie and had no idea it was as long as it was. Time really flies and you never feel like you're sitting in a theater for 3 hours. Great entertainment.
Written May 24, 2015
Good movie started a bit slow but got better towards the middle. It is long (almost 3 hours) and the guy behind me actually fell asleep snoring for an hour or so. Not epic like the LOTR series but definitely enjoyable. It was a little less serious and even a bit goofy at times but it did give some good background to LOTR. Loved seeing the familiar characters back on screen. Certainly some powerful characters and provides the backstory that helps you to better understand Bilbo. I recommend it but do not bring kids under 14, they will never be able to sit through this. As always beautiful landscapes and effects so probably best to see on the big screen. I see potential for greatness in the following films.
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.
Written December 16, 2012
While I appreciate that some artistic license must be taken to adapt a book to film, they added some randomness and greatly exaggerated minor story lines to make enough filler for this to be a trilogy. I'm kind of disappointed, but as we all know, the movie is never as good as the book. I will still see all 3, but I probably won't purchase them.