Written September 24, 2016
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 September 29, 2016
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!
Written January 17, 2017
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 July 29, 2016
The movie was mostly enjoyable and I can see it stretched to a couple of films, but I would rather they edit and let the fans enjoy the original story. The biggest flaw, aside from the freakish film quality and graphics, was the lack of interesting or original score. We were wholly disappointed that the feel of the movie was very much Lord of the Rings. The Hobbit should stand on its own and flourish with a soundtrack befitting of such dwarven and hobbity bravery.
Written May 03, 2016
It was kind slow at first, but after all it was a good movie, with lot of action and excitement, Me and my kids really enjoy it,