Written October 01, 2014
Very tough to live up to the expectations created by LOTR, especially since The Hobbit was basically a kids book about a jewelry heist. The movie has been padded out and given a bit more depth, and I found it quite enjoyable. It's slow at the beginning, but then so was Fellowship of the Ring. The cameos by LOTR characters and other added scenes worked for me as I never expected the movie to adhere strictly to text of the book. I have to mention a couple of scenes involving sled-bunnies (!). They are appalling if Peter Jackson meant them to be taken seriously, or hilariously brilliant if intended to be comedic, and I'm going with the latter. Finally, a big thumbs up for the performance of Martin Freeman. He nails the difficult role of Bilbo Baggins (homebody to adventurer to hero) and gives the movie a tremendous boost in every scene he is in.
Written September 23, 2014
This is exactly what I wanted to see when they turned The Hobbit into a movie -- I didn't know it at the time, but I know it now.
The casting was perfect. I had no problem at all with the inserted scenes -- it gave me more of Middle-Earth and I could have sat there for another hour and not minded.
Written September 03, 2014
I loved this first part of The Hobbit. As a fan of Tolkien and his books, I was worried about what would and would not be included in the films. While there were changes from the book, they were for the most part small, and they did not greatly affect my overall opinion of the film.
I liked that they went into more detail concerning the necromancer, making that an additional part of the story line instead of just a side note like it is in the book.
I simply cannot express enough how perfect I think Martin Freeman is for the role of Bilbo. I am a huge fan of him as an actor and was so pleased with his performance.
The riddle game was marvelous as well, everyone in the theater I went to was in fits of laughter through the whole thing. Loved it.
One thing that bothered me a little was some of the CG effects looked a bit more video game-y than the other Lord of the Rings movies, but again it did not bother me much.
There were things I didn't like, but the movie is wonderful.
Written November 29, 2014
If you're going to see it in 3D, make sure you see it in HFR 3D. If you can't see it in HFR 3D, stick with 2D. There's too much action and incredible landscape shots to see it in 3D at 24 fps.
Also, don't expect The Hobbit to be as epic as The Return of the King. It's much more like The Fellowship of the Ring was for the first hour of it's run time, but it's also very different from The Lord of the Rings trilogy. So try to keep an open mind. Great movie! :D
Written December 16, 2012
Really surprised! I did not like it. I have been a fan of the books for 20 years. LOVED all 3 of the other movies. Too Long, too much fighting, not enough events from the story. Very let down. Will not buy it when released. Had my ticket 2 months in advance and ask for 1/2 day off. What a bummer.