Written July 25, 2014
Too long, too loud, and small plots were overdeveloped.
I was invited to the movie--hoped to be brought into the story having seen The Lord of the Rings series. Great cast, some pretty scenery. The problem was (I think) in an effort to make excellent 3D effects there were some pretty awesome action scenes that were intensely nauseating for the 2D viewer and the noise level in the theatre we were in was just overwhelming. If this was to serve to make it more intense it just increased my headache which then resulted in my scrutiny of the incredible duration of the film itself. 2:49. And that's WITHOUT the previews and commercials you are required to sit through of you'd like a decent seat. So I invested almost 4 hours in my seat and came away with a feeling of "meh".
Save yourself the money and discomfort. See it for sure. But wait until the DVD. Movie is overhyped.
Written August 02, 2014
I thought the first Hobbit movie was as good as any of the LOTR movies. It was more adventurous like Fellowship as opposed to war heavy. Definitely more humor and somewhat improved special effects. I saw the non-3D, 24 FPS version because I don't care much for the 3D and heard that 48 FPS was not an improvement. I will probably see the movie at least one more time in theaters and will get the DVD/Blu Ray version when it releases on release day.
Written January 10, 2013
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 14, 2012
This movie is a must-see for anyone who is a fan of the books, it doesn't just focus solely on the book but anyone familiar with any of the Tolkien universe is going to be able to follow along. It was a fabulous return to Middle Earth and kudos for Howard Shore's excellent score.