Written October 29, 2014
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 May 22, 2015
As with the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, the movie ends with you wanting more... A great family movie with just a few scary thematic elements.
Written December 26, 2014
Be prepared for a long film. With previews it was three hours. This was an excellent film. There were a few slow moments and some that parts of the film that could have been shorter but the scenery and the characters made up for these areas. The cinematography was amazing and makes you realize how beautiful New Zealand is. If you are a fan of the books then this is a must see as it follows the book very closely.
Written December 27, 2014
The movie was mostly enjoyable and I can see it stretched to a couple of films, but I would rather they edit and let the fans enjoy the original story. The biggest flaw, aside from the freakish film quality and graphics, was the lack of interesting or original score. We were wholly disappointed that the feel of the movie was very much Lord of the Rings. The Hobbit should stand on its own and flourish with a soundtrack befitting of such dwarven and hobbity bravery.
Written December 18, 2014
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.