Written January 28, 2015
All I have to say is go. Just go. It was amazing, they did a very good job and I can't wait for the last two movies XD
Written December 22, 2014
In "The Hobbit" Mr. Jackson again moves forward on the assumption that he is a better storyteller than Tolkien, & he is, as ever, wrong. PJ deserves thanks for stunning visuals, due to his choice of John Howe and Alan Lee as lead designers, but "TH" has its furry feet tripped up by new/changed scenes crammed with cliches & clumsy exposition, even where the original scenes covered the same ground with evocative imagery & blessed brevity.
The white orc's addition was actually clever, w/the weaving of him into the extant plot handled well, but many scenes were chopped w/o reason. PJ saved maybe 4 minutes running time by truncating many of JRRT's brilliant songs, many clever quips, & the main riddle in the riddle game, only to add a boring, clumsy intro that would have been better served as flashbacks in "Far over the Misty Mountains Cold". "15 Birds in 5 Fir Trees" & "Down, Down" were sorely missed! When Rankin-Bass' anime feels a truer tale than a $180M epic, something's very wrong.
Written November 28, 2014
Part I of 3: If you're a Tolkien Fan and a Peter Jackson Fan, or not, you won't be disappointed.
If you haven't read the Hobbit in a while, you may miss how the movie differs from the book. You may notice omissions, a change in character focus (Orcs instead of Goblins), character embellishment, and even more back story as in the case of Gandalf and the Necromancer.
It was also wonderful to experience the continuity of the same great actors in the same
roles we grew to love, hate, suspect, and cheer in the Lord of the RingsTrilogy.
It's a must see if you're a fan.
Can't wait for part 2!
Written June 30, 2015
Great movie! I enjoyed the 'extra fluff' and have always wanted the 'Extended Editions/Director's Cut' kind of movies to played on the big screen. Yes, I know that this was not classified as either of those, but it felt great to see it 'all'!
Written March 06, 2015
I was a little disappointed. I expected it to follow the book more closely just as The Lord of the Rings trilogy did. Looking at it from the standpoint of just a movie on its own, it was worth watching. The scenery was spectacular! The music was incredible! The actor chosen for young Bilbo was point on! The story line was good in the fact that it set up the next two movies which I hope are going to be closer to the book. I was a little disappointed in the CG. I think the orcs look better in their earthy costumes as they are in the LOR trilogy. As a huge LOR fan and the Hobbit is by far my favorite book in the series, I guess I was let down a bit. I expected the same feel I had after watching any of the three of the trilogy and I just did not have it this time. I am hopeful that the next two will give me that feeling.