Written December 14, 2012
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 19, 2012
Went to the midnight showing and was definitely worth it! Same feel as the Lord of the Rings. Will be going to see it at the movies again!!
Written December 16, 2012
When you look at this movie in comparison to LotR, it's a let-down. The quest isn't nearly as epic. The protagonists never seem to be in much danger. Without going into spoilers, the fellowship of the ring endured casualties that made the story more gripping because it reflected the gravity of the danger. These guys shrug off stuff that would have killed the whole fellowship outright.
Written December 15, 2012
I loved it. I loved the humor. Martin Freeman is amazing as Bilbo. The worst part for me was Radagast. Not sure what he adds to the storyline. I felt that the movie dragged during the Radagast part.
I had four of my kids with me, ages 13-19 and they all loved it!
I'm going to see it again in the theaters!
Written December 27, 2012
To all those who say that Peter Jackson should shorten the movies, I point out all the dreck that has been produced in the past and has absolutely taken the soul out of the movie (Da Vinci Code anyone ...). The movie is magnificent, the backgrounds are superb and the action is exactly what you expect. If you have see The Lord of The Rings Trilogy but did not read the books, then this explains much of the background ... if, like me, you read all the books a long time ago then the movies paint and reinforce the images in your mind ... Love the movie and cannot wait for the next part ...