Written January 01, 2013
I'm of a genertion that was tortured by the Star Wars trilogy .... therefore I'm a little more tolerant of 'artistic licence' taken by film-makers like GL, SS, PJ, ...
Though "The Hobbit" was written by Tolkien as more of a children's story than LOT, I wasn't expecting the intensity that has been added to the script.
The start links to scenes from the LOT movies nicely;
I loved the adaptation of the dwarves arriving at Bag End;
Thorin is much more than 'impressive';
The dish cleaning song and the contract scenes are amusing;
Radagast is quirkier than a Mad Hatter!
Rivendell is even more spell-binding!
The goblin caves remind me of chase scenes from the Indiana Jones series;
The white orc is a good addition and lead-in to the orcs in LOT;
All the scenes with Gollum are memorable.
I can't wait to see the next installment!
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 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 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 September 01, 2015
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