Written December 14, 2012
Let's get this out of the way: the movie is not a perfect 1:1 retelling of the book. There are changes. This is inevitable, and every change is for the better (except maybe cramming Galadriel in there). The pacing is slow enough to let you absorb everything and feel the weight of the journey without it being plodding and unwatchable, antics of the Company are entertaining as anything, and the FEEL of everything is just... Delicious. I cannot wait until the next one.
Written August 29, 2014
Ok, I'm a FAN and perhaps thats why I loved this movie. The part that all the "critics" hated, the first 30 minutes, was PERFECT. It was obviously made for FANS and THANK YOU PJ, you did it right. From the first "Good Day" scene to the talking Trolls, the parts that stayed true to the books were AMAZING. The parts PJ added or borrowed were pretty good to, bravo! People who hate the first part of the movie dont get the book. The book has a quirky english humor to it that is very charming, and the movie pulled that off brilliantly. I died laughing that Ian Mckellan actually pulled off the GOLF joke. Its a pretty long winded JOKE, and he did it perfectly! The only sad part is how the critics are SO PREDICTABLE its sickening. They are bending over backwards to critisize this piece of work, dispite it being a far braver an adaptation then the LOTR. Come on, a scene with singing Goblins that actually works isn't creative, unique enough for you? Grow some courage!
Written September 24, 2014
Not at all accurate. The moivie has too much motion and detail...not enough plot and depth development. Like the movie, "Return of the King," this 1st half installment had so much potential...but was left to the Spielberg/Indiana Jones visual effects team. I was waiting for Eewoks to pop out somewhere. JarJar Binks, why have you forsaken us? Azog never chased the dwarves into the forest. Bad, bad story line. Same with Radagast - he never encountered the Necromancer or the King of Angmar. A land sled pulled by jackalopes? Fer cryin' out loud.
Read the books and let your imagination take it from there. Leave the special effects to Star Wars and Indiana Jones.
Written September 24, 2014
Enjoyed the movie. Excited to see some returning characters especially Gandalf. Acting was great. Was surprised by some of the humorous additions but feel it didn't take away too much from the film. Definitely recommend for others to see.
Written July 24, 2014
If you're going to see it in 3D, make sure you see it in HFR 3D. If you can't see it in HFR 3D, stick with 2D. There's too much action and incredible landscape shots to see it in 3D at 24 fps.
Also, don't expect The Hobbit to be as epic as The Return of the King. It's much more like The Fellowship of the Ring was for the first hour of it's run time, but it's also very different from The Lord of the Rings trilogy. So try to keep an open mind. Great movie! :D