Written December 18, 2012
6 out of 10 - I got the feeling Peter Jackson and company had perfected their skills doing 'The Lord of the Rings' and were just going through the epic fantasy motions with this movie. The repetitious and bloated cycle of fight, flight, and encounter scenes eventually became tiresome, despite their beauty and the effort lavished on them. Extended way beyond its means, this somewhat empty and rather abruptly ended film doesn't have me overly excited about the remaining serial chapters to come. (3-Line Movie Reviews - Facebook)
Written December 20, 2012
I was really excited to see this movie after reading the book. What a major let down... so DISAPPOINTING. I wanted to leave halfway through the film but my boyfriend wanted to watch the rest since we paid for it. Throughout the whole movie we were both shaking our heads. I understand that movies don't follow the book completely but most of them leave out information, not make things up. They completely changed how every event was suppose to happen. The only thing I liked was the HFR... looks really cool. I will NOT see the other 2 movies and if you're a true fan of the book you wouldn't either.
Written February 25, 2017
This movie is a little different than the Lord of the rings,i think. In the beginning is so slow and boring, when it starts to pick up it does get a little better. The men could be a little bit more handsome. The lord of the rings men were handsome. The actors are good and the effects are great and the scenery is excellent. I would have to watch this movie again just to watch some parts i might not have picked up on.
Written October 21, 2016
For me, I thought the movie made perfect sense. While some critics might argue that the story is too "bloated" with information not pertinent to the actual adventure that Bilbo has set out upon, each bit of additional information serves a purpose. As a fan of the LOTR movies, I believe that Jackson is using The Hobbit as a platform to fill in the cracks of the stories of Middle Earth that were first told in the Rings trilogy. The movie flows effortlessly along with the story lines of both The Hobbbit and LOTR. What has mostly surprised me is the fact that everyone wants to talk about how needlessly long the film is, or the fact that they think it is a ploy to make extra cash. It seems to me that most people are missing the point. Bilbo sets out on an adventure that he was perfectly satisfied to be left behind on, yet even by the end of the first film, we can see a change taking place in Bilbo. That's what its about, Bilbo's willingness to lend a hand to those in need. As we all should
Written May 29, 2016
Not at all accurate. The moivie has too much motion and detail...not enough plot and depth development. Like the movie, "Return of the King," this 1st half installment had so much potential...but was left to the Spielberg/Indiana Jones visual effects team. I was waiting for Eewoks to pop out somewhere. JarJar Binks, why have you forsaken us? Azog never chased the dwarves into the forest. Bad, bad story line. Same with Radagast - he never encountered the Necromancer or the King of Angmar. A land sled pulled by jackalopes? Fer cryin' out loud.
Read the books and let your imagination take it from there. Leave the special effects to Star Wars and Indiana Jones.