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By taranis
Written January 23, 2013
There was way too much special effects added into this movie. More time and money should have been spent on trying to keep the script and the story lines consistent with the book. I dont know what the heck they were thinking on some of the scenes. For example gandalf cracking a rock and exposing the sun on the trolls to turn them to stone. That was not in the book so why would you add that. What happened in the book would have been more entertaining. It makes no sense to me why it would be changed. Also the dwarfs are portrayed as great warriors in the movie fighting their way out of problems; in the book they were bumbling and inexperienced and did very little fighting. There are countless other examples. The scenes that worked were the ones that stuck to the book. I am a great fan of tolkien and was very disappointed with this movie.
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Whimsy and action

By libilou
Written December 17, 2012
While Peter Jackson has departed from the story in major ways, I feel he kept the true feeling and nature of the book. The Hobbit is a book of whimsy, fantasy and friendship. While some adults will find the musical numbers a waste of time, they truly are in keeping with Tolkien's first book, which was written for children ages 8-10. If you fell in love with the book, then you must go see the movie.
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Not what I expected!

By Tankarus
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.
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The Hobbit: A slightly boring journey

By padfoot7
Written December 15, 2012
This was a visually stunning film but the first 45 minutes saw me closing my eyes from boredom. I'm sure I'm totally alone on this. Things started to pick up for me with the team crossing into Rivendale. I would recommend moive goers to check this out but brace yourself for a bumpy ride!
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Great Movie but...

By Testman33
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.
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