Written August 23, 2014
I am a huge fan of the Lord of the Rings movies and was excited to see this movie however I was disappointed. In the length of this over 2 hr long movie, nothing was accomplished. I found it extremely irritating when they ended it. It was not necessary to make this movie into three parts. I feel that the whole story could have been wrapped up quite nicely in one or even two movies and that there was a lot of unnecessary events that could've been cut out.
Another irritating thing is that they killed not a single one of the major enemies!! Overall it had great special effects and was entertaining however, unless you are a die hard fan, I would wait till all 3 movies are on DVD so that you can watch them in order.
Written September 17, 2014
The movie brings you along from Bilbo's original reluctance to leave the Shire to "the worst is behind us now" - and left me wishing the next movie was tomorrow not months from now. Like reading the Hobbit and the LOTR trilogy, I didn't want the journey to end.... so I disagree with those who don't like long movies, who want things to be faster, more action packed. THere are differences from the book, but then I'm sure I imagined things to be different than others did too... really liked this interpretation just fine!
Written December 24, 2012
Peter Jackson (Philippa Boyen, Fran Walsh, and surprisingly Guillermo del Toro) definitely re-envisioned this classic story. Like many movie franchises these days,the actual story is divided into three different movies. The story is told differently, perhaps more expansively than the novel. And it definitely has more of a modern take with the dialog and characters. Cameos from several of the main characters from the first three movies ease you into the story that occurs some 60 years before the start of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Martin Freeman nails the role of Bilbo and gives a great performance as the prudent, self-effacing hobbit who makes the choice to join the dwarves' quest. Richard Armitage is also excellent as Thorin Oakenshield. The music, the beauty of the New Zealand landscape are on full display, yet it's still the quest and character interaction that anchors it all. It's a rollicking beginning to the prequel and a 3 hour journey, but one that holds your heart.
Written September 02, 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 September 24, 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.