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 August 31, 2014
It seems to be a great movie if you had liked the previous trilogy of Lord of the Rings. The movie displays great character development in Bilbo Bagins. The movie has lots of dialogue describing the origin of the dwarfs and their kings. If you're not a big fan of understanding the story behind the characters you might not be amused. However, if you're like me and love the story you will enjoy how Peter Jackson sets the scene as well as the set up for the next coming movie.
Written November 21, 2014
the pace varied, the characters had minutes to expose their motivations, the development scenes mostly worked well. For a long movie, I did not notice the time. And I have read the original book. Very enjoyable. Must Go. David R.
Written December 20, 2014
Without giving away the details, the movie is incredibly long and the ending just plain sucked. For all the hype, i was definitely disappointed. To its credit, it does have some very beautiful scenes and some very funny moments.
Written October 25, 2014
I was not especially interested in seeing this film. However, I was really pleasantly surprised. Yes, we whiz through dozens of exciting adventure, one after another; excellent graphics and creativity, but a tendency to get tedious after almost 3 hours.
What saves this movie, however, is that the story revolves around wonderful characters who are lovingly portrayed, and their growing connection to each other. And yes, the battles whiz by, you get the impression, but do not suffer through excessive graphic violence.