Written April 25, 2017
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.
Written August 27, 2016
This movie was soo good, that I thought it even surpassed the first three movies. The action was almost non-stop, and that lead to a raucous ride through Middle-Earth. I thought that the movie covered the essential scenes, and that it was overall very, very good. It's definitely a must-see movie and Martin Freeman is bloody brilliant, as always.
The cinematography was really nice as well with sweeping views of the Shire in luscious 3D animation. Some of the scenes were supposedly shot in Whales, which is one of my favorite locales. (I too thought this scenery to be "Middle-Earth-esque" when I visited!) And the acting is really good as well, especially from Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, and the actor playing the part of Oakenshield, staring down his enemies with an intensity.
The ending cannot be spoiled, as the movie ends half-way through the story with the awakening of the dragon. (Shhh! Don't tell!)
This Hobbit movie comes highly recommended.
Written December 16, 2012
Don't get me wrong, what I saw was a good movie but I was really disapppointed by it. I first read The Hobbit in 1971 and have read it several times since. Call me a purist if you want but there was just to much in the movie that wasn't in the book and a movie calling itself The Hobbit:An Unexpected Journey should more accurately be called The Hobbit:An Unexpected Journey BEGINS. The book is being presented in 3 parts. OK, I can deal with that. Let the viewers know that with the title. That way if for whatever reason the rest of the book is never presented, I won't feel that I wasted my money like I STILL do with the Bakshi version of The Lord of the Rings. The effects are great and there are touches of humor that really added to it. Maybe it was unnecessary but a little theatrical license never killed a good movie! It's a movie for all ages but even after seeing the movie, READ THE BOOK!!! I know for people today that's a tall order but DO IT!!!! You'll See.
Written January 17, 2017
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 April 23, 2017
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.