Written September 30, 2014
I was disappointed when Peter Jackson decided to make The Lord of the Rings first but was glad to see that 95% of the time he kept to the story in Tolkien’s books. I thought he did a great job on those movies to recreate the enchanting world described by the author. That is why it is puzzling to me that he decided to venture so far from the original story in this movie. There are numerous innovations, additions and places where the characters lines are not staying true to the book. In some places the wrong character is preforming the actions. The tone of the Hobbit was much different from The Lord of the Rings being less grim and more lighthearted and simple but Jackson managed to keep it the same by adding cliff hangers and fight scene not in the book. Jackson kept the same high quality in this movie as far as acting and special effects and the movie does follow along the same path as the book. This was a good movie it was not the Hobbit but something different.
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.
Written December 18, 2012
6 out of 10 - I got the feeling Peter Jackson and company had perfected their skills doing 'The Lord of the Rings' and were just going through the epic fantasy motions with this movie. The repetitious and bloated cycle of fight, flight, and encounter scenes eventually became tiresome, despite their beauty and the effort lavished on them. Extended way beyond its means, this somewhat empty and rather abruptly ended film doesn't have me overly excited about the remaining serial chapters to come. (3-Line Movie Reviews - Facebook)
Written September 19, 2014
We just saw The Hobbit - based on one of my all-time favorite books. Reviews of The Hobbit criticized the 48fr version and commented that the show was a bit slow and dull due to the fact that they are making 3 movies out of one book. With Lord of the Rings they made 3 movies out of 3 large books. I enjoyed the LOTR movies but felt that they were all about battles but not about the wonderful poetry and mysticism in the books.
However, in my humble opinion - by telling the story of one book in 3 movies, Peter Jackson has given himself the screen time to bring in the poetry and mysticism of the book in a way that never happened in the LOTR movies. I was very surprised to find that I loved The Hobbit from first frame to last. We saw Lincoln a few days ago and as much as I love that movie - I love The Hobbit even more. I've got to back to hear Thorin sing "The Lonely Mountain Song" one more time. And it will be the IMAX version.
Written December 16, 2012
I am a big Tolkien fan. I have read all of the Middle Earth books. I loved The Hobbit, but the movie was boring. I was wondering how they would make one book into three movies. They added fluff. First, there were excruciatingly long fight scenes. Second, they walked and walked and walked; we watched them do nothing but travel for a large portion of the movie. Third, non-book story elements were added to make it longer, they contributed nothing to the plot line. The cinematography was beautiful, but not any better or different than in the trilogy movies. In short, wait for video. It's worth a $1.20 at Redbox.