Written December 15, 2012
I was disappointed when Peter Jackson decided to make The Lord of the Rings first but was glad to see that 95% of the time he kept to the story in Tolkien’s books. I thought he did a great job on those movies to recreate the enchanting world described by the author. That is why it is puzzling to me that he decided to venture so far from the original story in this movie. There are numerous innovations, additions and places where the characters lines are not staying true to the book. In some places the wrong character is preforming the actions. The tone of the Hobbit was much different from The Lord of the Rings being less grim and more lighthearted and simple but Jackson managed to keep it the same by adding cliff hangers and fight scene not in the book. Jackson kept the same high quality in this movie as far as acting and special effects and the movie does follow along the same path as the book. This was a good movie it was not the Hobbit but something different.
Written December 15, 2012
I was very much excited for "The Hobbit" but I was disappointed because I was expecting Peter Jackson to deliver another Oscar-caliber Middle Earth motion picture. Maybe my expectations were too high and the fault could have been mine but nevertheless, "The Hobbit" was fun. I thought Jackson did a good job in balancing the new characters with the familiar and it felt similar to "The Fellowship of the Ring" in terms of a collection of warriors off on an exciting journey to defeat a powerful evil but Bilbo and the collection of dwarves aren't the same as Frodo and his fellowship. It leaves a lot of room to improve in the upcoming movies but it isn't a bad start to a new franchise.
Written December 16, 2012
I am a big Tolkien fan. I have read all of the Middle Earth books. I loved The Hobbit, but the movie was boring. I was wondering how they would make one book into three movies. They added fluff. First, there were excruciatingly long fight scenes. Second, they walked and walked and walked; we watched them do nothing but travel for a large portion of the movie. Third, non-book story elements were added to make it longer, they contributed nothing to the plot line. The cinematography was beautiful, but not any better or different than in the trilogy movies. In short, wait for video. It's worth a $1.20 at Redbox.
Written July 30, 2014
Went to the midnight showing and was definitely worth it! Same feel as the Lord of the Rings. Will be going to see it at the movies again!!
Written January 02, 2013
We just saw The Hobbit - based on one of my all-time favorite books. Reviews of The Hobbit criticized the 48fr version and commented that the show was a bit slow and dull due to the fact that they are making 3 movies out of one book. With Lord of the Rings they made 3 movies out of 3 large books. I enjoyed the LOTR movies but felt that they were all about battles but not about the wonderful poetry and mysticism in the books.
However, in my humble opinion - by telling the story of one book in 3 movies, Peter Jackson has given himself the screen time to bring in the poetry and mysticism of the book in a way that never happened in the LOTR movies. I was very surprised to find that I loved The Hobbit from first frame to last. We saw Lincoln a few days ago and as much as I love that movie - I love The Hobbit even more. I've got to back to hear Thorin sing "The Lonely Mountain Song" one more time. And it will be the IMAX version.