Written February 02, 2015
Overall a good movie, setting up the next movie, I did notice they used information from the appendices of Lord of The Rings, good job of the screen writers to incorporate that info to help with the bridge to the prequel.
Written December 14, 2012
If you've read the book, be ready for some big changes in the story and characters. The Hobbit was written years before Lord of the Rings. Also, it was written for children. This movie contains references to Sauron, Saruman, Galadriel and other characters which, at the time the Hobbit was written, hadn't been invented yet. Azog, the big Orc who fights with Thorin, was only in the Lord of the Rings, Appendix A. He beheaded King Thror during the takeover of Moria. The battle outside Moria happened later and Azog never fought with Thorin. During that battle, Azog killed Náin, and was himself killed by Náin's son Dáin. The dwarves were pursued by a band of Orcs in the Hobbit (no Azog.) They were chased into some woods and they did climb trees but the trees did not ever fall. The orcs set fires and sang a song about roasting a band of "silly birds" with no wings. The Eagles then rescued them. No battle. No Azog. No Bilbo fighting with anyone. This movie is NOT for kids!!!
Written December 26, 2014
Be prepared for a long film. With previews it was three hours. This was an excellent film. There were a few slow moments and some that parts of the film that could have been shorter but the scenery and the characters made up for these areas. The cinematography was amazing and makes you realize how beautiful New Zealand is. If you are a fan of the books then this is a must see as it follows the book very closely.
Written October 29, 2014
This is Tolkien storytelling on a masterful scale, with lavish scenery, an outstanding cast and gorgeous cinematography. Dont believe the dowdy critics, who are less enthusiastic since many elements of the film were exposed previously in Lord of The Rings. In fact, the technology has improved and so the special effects are even more spectacular (especially in 3-D) which is certainly why its worth seeing more than once while its still on the big screen. The eagles in flight, the rock giants, etc are simply breathtaking. I think Martin Freeman is a much better Bilbo, more courageous and daring, like the character in the book. There is none of the tedious trembling of Frodo in the LOR trilogy. This is a magnificent tale, well told and brought to the screen with all the flair and spectacular cinematography that one would expect from Peter Jackson.
Written January 01, 2013
I'm of a genertion that was tortured by the Star Wars trilogy .... therefore I'm a little more tolerant of 'artistic licence' taken by film-makers like GL, SS, PJ, ...
Though "The Hobbit" was written by Tolkien as more of a children's story than LOT, I wasn't expecting the intensity that has been added to the script.
The start links to scenes from the LOT movies nicely;
I loved the adaptation of the dwarves arriving at Bag End;
Thorin is much more than 'impressive';
The dish cleaning song and the contract scenes are amusing;
Radagast is quirkier than a Mad Hatter!
Rivendell is even more spell-binding!
The goblin caves remind me of chase scenes from the Indiana Jones series;
The white orc is a good addition and lead-in to the orcs in LOT;
All the scenes with Gollum are memorable.
I can't wait to see the next installment!