Written December 21, 2014
While it was only the first part of three, the amount of content put into the film was well worth it's own movie. The ending left me wanting more.
Written December 20, 2014
Peter Jackson has done it again! I wasn't sure what to expect, and honestly, the confused reviews from people had me lowering expectations. Wow, did the film come through! I was enthralled from the start just as I was 10 years ago. The vivid scenery, compelling story monologues, dynamic characters, and fast pace kept me glued to my seat. Freeman portrays Bilbo just as Tolkien did, and McKellen brings back the old Gandalf with new insight into the character. The dwarves add so much color to the plot with their varied personalities and stories. Memorable scenes from the book are given new life without anything being taken away. See it alone or with friends, but see it!
Written December 20, 2012
This next adventure in the shadow of the well known Lord of The Rings. Was an amazing well thought out movie that captured the imagination all over again. And they even found time to put some new comedy in to the mix that rivals Gimli in the LOTR trillogy. The only thing that I can say that I did not like was the new graphics and computer generation for the Orcs and the trolls that are in this new movie, for they pale in comparrison to the origional in the LOTR trillogy. I do not think that this is something to be said but this is not a film for children again like the fellowship of the rings I believe this is a film for those of 13 and over, and with the violence it problibly should be R. For an overall rating this is a must see
Written December 28, 2012
I have read the book. I have also read it to my sons in preparation of it being made. We were ready with high expectations. I found it more imaginative than I expected. The license with story line was good but it is all the imagery that stole the show. I say run to it, do not walk. It is great and best on the big stage of the theater!
Written December 25, 2012
There was an effort to follow the book, and some of the characters were developed. It started out OK. When the dangers struck, the special effects got to be more and more overpowering. In the end, these violent scenes got to be too much. I didn't have nightmares, but just regrets that the violence was carried too far. The extreme falls and violent fights didn't injure a single Hobbit, which begins looking fakey after a while.