Written January 26, 2015
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 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.