Written December 19, 2012
Yes, I'll admit right up front that I'm the kind of person who geeks out on the Tolkien fare served up by Peter Jackson and his associates. I saw the 2D version and thoroughly enjoyed all 2 1/2 hours, which sped by. Martin Freeman may well be a better Bilbo than Elijah Wood and the rest of the cast gave solid performances. If you're a sucker for the Rivendell scenes, as I am, there's a good dose of that in this film. Right now I'm not that keen on splitting one book into three films, but will be rewarded by the bye with a 9+ hour fix of Hobbit on extended edition blu-ray, eh?
Written December 17, 2012
If you loved LOTR, you have to go (obviously). The Hobbit isn't groundbreaking like LOTR was, and much of it feels a bit like a do-over. There were times when I thought they just spliced up the original music score and "re-applied" it willy-nilly (not a major complaint though). Also, some scenes go on too long -- they feel a little indulgent -- like Peter Jackson "knows" he can go on as long as he wants, so he does. Neverthess, in the end, I was won over. Can't wait for the next installments.
Written December 16, 2012
While the movie was not totally representative of the book, it was close enough to completely entertain most Tolkien and Lord of the Rings enthusiasts. It well covers the events leading up to the trilogy and Milton Freeman as Bilbo is superb. Ian McKenzie made Gandalf come to life and Richard Armitage as Thorin were very well cast. The dwarves were less than serious in parts, but overall were great. It was wonderful to see Gollum again and his "precious". Once again the scenery was spectacular made on want to go on site and experience it first hand. The only negative attribute was the excessive time it took at Bilbo's Hobbit hole to get into the movie. We're really looking forward to future releases to see how the "adventure" unfolds on film. Well, Gotta go and start my Hobbit reread.
Written December 14, 2012
I saw this in IMAX 3d and though many critics are saying it was over done and too long I enjoyed it tremendously! I I Loved how it gave a bit of history through out the movie. Especially at the beginning where Frodo was brought in along with Gandalf and Thorien.
The fight scenes were graphic but not bloody, which I find to be a plus. Andy Serkis does a fabulous job in portraying Gollum and developing Gollums character.
I love detail in anything and the detail provided in the scenery is just amazing ! It is just an absolute feast for the eyes and mind!! I think Peter Jackson while maybe not staying true to the book enhanced it. i cannot wait to see it again and cannot wait for parts 2 & 3 !
Written January 01, 2013
I couldn't wait to see this movie. I am a HUGE L.O.T.R's. fan and when this came out I was at the theaters. I wish I would of never needed seen this movie. It was so bad that it ruined the L.O.T.R's. movies for me. It was so drawn out and had no story line. It was such a terrible movie. They are making it into a 2 part but it had nothing to do with the L.O.T.R's. movies. I don't know what to say other than it was so bad. My wife has never fallen asleep at the movies and she was falling asleep. It was terrible. Don't waste your money. I wouldn't even pay 1 dollar to get it from the Red Box it was that bad!!!