Written December 16, 2012
I have been a fan of The Hobbit since I was a kid - first J.R.R.T. book I read and so I have a fondness for it. The whole film looked great and I loved parts of it for the detail and faithfulness to the book. The Gollum sequence was hands-down spectacular. It's well cast, well-written but did see a bit too long. It could have been edited to tighten it up but as there are two more movies in the queue, clearly the business end of the film has taken priority to faithfully adhering to the book.
I did not care for the 48 frame digital format but it wasn't a make or break for me.
Definitely a go-see movie good for most ages.
Written December 28, 2013
Acting is good, cinematography good, effects good but the story and dialogue are mediocre at best. Nowhere near the quality of Lord of the Rings. I was definitely disappointed and bored. They were trying too hard and should have made one Great movie instead of 3 movies to make money. All action and no quality.
Written December 18, 2012
I liken this movie to bloat-ware found on a band new PC. The computer itself might be a great system, but after the manufacturer was done installing a bunch of extra crud that you're never going to use, it becomes slow and irritating. That's what The Hobbit movie is, slow and irritating with way too much bloat-ware.
I've read the book and enjoyed the original story, but the movie was something else. For whatever reason Hollywood thinks that it's entertaining to watch 'little people' bumble around and scuffle with each other. We saw this in Snow White and The Huntsman, this movie, and many others. Maybe it all started with The Three Stooges. I don't find this particularly funny, even if the 'little people' are really full size actors.
Strip all the nonsense and excessive battle scenes from The Hobbit and you'd actually have a pretty good movie. Then maybe Peter Jackson could have done the whole story in one movie like it should have been. The book is only 320 pages or so.
Written December 14, 2012
Action packed and was overall more humor-driven then LOTRs. Some very gruesome creatures throughout. If you are a LOTR fan, then this is, of course, a must see.
Written December 19, 2012
Martin Freeman is a virtuosic actor. It's a pity he is not allowed to work his magic on screen for more than a few minutes. His scene with Gollum is amazing. The dwarves' dinner chatter is charming. Merlin and the elves are always nice to spend time with. But for half an hour of good stuff, you have to pay with two and a half hours of ORCS! I'll be happy if I never have to look at another orc in my life!