Written January 02, 2013
I understand there are sequels and you won't see everything, but his was almost 3 hours of nothing. I was so very disappointed in this movie. I expected to see more of a storyline. I fell asleep in the first 30 minutes and fought to stay awake the rest of the time. This is not in the same caliber as Lord of the Rings at all.
Written November 27, 2013
I’m a lover of all things Tolkien. I own every book he’s written. I’ve read through The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit multiple times and The Silmarillion once as well as some of his other histories. The Tuesday before The Hobbit released I read it to freshen up my memory of the book. Well there’s been a lot of digital ink spilled about the movie. A lot of the critical reviews have been negative (see Christ and Pop Culture’s Roundup for plentiful examples).
I mentioned a few times on Facebook that many of the reviews seemed to lack a basic understanding of Tolkien and the larger history of Middle-earth. Seth Abramson from none other than The Huffington Post offered a comprehensive review which included actual reasons from Tolkien’s work in defense of the movie (“Dislike Peter Jackson’s the Hobbit? Then you don’t know Tolkien”). Also, Corey Olson, Tolkien expert and creator of The Tolkien Professor podcast, gave the movie thumbs up as well (“A Take on Tolkien”). I’ll throw my hat i
Written January 12, 2013
This is Tolkien storytelling on a masterful scale, with lavish scenery, an outstanding cast and gorgeous cinematography. Dont believe the dowdy critics, who are less enthusiastic since many elements of the film were exposed previously in Lord of The Rings. In fact, the technology has improved and so the special effects are even more spectacular (especially in 3-D) which is certainly why its worth seeing more than once while its still on the big screen. The eagles in flight, the rock giants, etc are simply breathtaking. I think Martin Freeman is a much better Bilbo, more courageous and daring, like the character in the book. There is none of the tedious trembling of Frodo in the LOR trilogy. This is a magnificent tale, well told and brought to the screen with all the flair and spectacular cinematography that one would expect from Peter Jackson.
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.