Written December 17, 2012
While Peter Jackson has departed from the story in major ways, I feel he kept the true feeling and nature of the book. The Hobbit is a book of whimsy, fantasy and friendship. While some adults will find the musical numbers a waste of time, they truly are in keeping with Tolkien's first book, which was written for children ages 8-10.
If you fell in love with the book, then you must go see the movie.
Written December 15, 2012
I thoroughly enjoyed the lord of the rings triligy and was excited to see how this movie would play oput in comparision. I was very disappointed and will not see the next movie(s) in the theater. I MAY see them on DVD. Just when it started to get interesting , the movie ended.
My advice.... wait for the dvd
Written December 16, 2012
Don't get me wrong, what I saw was a good movie but I was really disapppointed by it. I first read The Hobbit in 1971 and have read it several times since. Call me a purist if you want but there was just to much in the movie that wasn't in the book and a movie calling itself The Hobbit:An Unexpected Journey should more accurately be called The Hobbit:An Unexpected Journey BEGINS. The book is being presented in 3 parts. OK, I can deal with that. Let the viewers know that with the title. That way if for whatever reason the rest of the book is never presented, I won't feel that I wasted my money like I STILL do with the Bakshi version of The Lord of the Rings. The effects are great and there are touches of humor that really added to it. Maybe it was unnecessary but a little theatrical license never killed a good movie! It's a movie for all ages but even after seeing the movie, READ THE BOOK!!! I know for people today that's a tall order but DO IT!!!! You'll See.
Written October 02, 2014
I was very much excited for "The Hobbit" but I was disappointed because I was expecting Peter Jackson to deliver another Oscar-caliber Middle Earth motion picture. Maybe my expectations were too high and the fault could have been mine but nevertheless, "The Hobbit" was fun. I thought Jackson did a good job in balancing the new characters with the familiar and it felt similar to "The Fellowship of the Ring" in terms of a collection of warriors off on an exciting journey to defeat a powerful evil but Bilbo and the collection of dwarves aren't the same as Frodo and his fellowship. It leaves a lot of room to improve in the upcoming movies but it isn't a bad start to a new franchise.
Written October 02, 2014
This movie was soo good, that I thought it even surpassed the first three movies. The action was almost non-stop, and that lead to a raucous ride through Middle-Earth. I thought that the movie covered the essential scenes, and that it was overall very, very good. It's definitely a must-see movie and Martin Freeman is bloody brilliant, as always.
The cinematography was really nice as well with sweeping views of the Shire in luscious 3D animation. Some of the scenes were supposedly shot in Whales, which is one of my favorite locales. (I too thought this scenery to be "Middle-Earth-esque" when I visited!) And the acting is really good as well, especially from Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, and the actor playing the part of Oakenshield, staring down his enemies with an intensity.
The ending cannot be spoiled, as the movie ends half-way through the story with the awakening of the dragon. (Shhh! Don't tell!)
This Hobbit movie comes highly recommended.