Written May 26, 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 December 16, 2012
When you look at this movie in comparison to LotR, it's a let-down. The quest isn't nearly as epic. The protagonists never seem to be in much danger. Without going into spoilers, the fellowship of the ring endured casualties that made the story more gripping because it reflected the gravity of the danger. These guys shrug off stuff that would have killed the whole fellowship outright.
Written May 01, 2016
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 November 26, 2015
Let's get this out of the way: the movie is not a perfect 1:1 retelling of the book. There are changes. This is inevitable, and every change is for the better (except maybe cramming Galadriel in there). The pacing is slow enough to let you absorb everything and feel the weight of the journey without it being plodding and unwatchable, antics of the Company are entertaining as anything, and the FEEL of everything is just... Delicious. I cannot wait until the next one.
Written December 15, 2012
I loved it. I loved the humor. Martin Freeman is amazing as Bilbo. The worst part for me was Radagast. Not sure what he adds to the storyline. I felt that the movie dragged during the Radagast part.
I had four of my kids with me, ages 13-19 and they all loved it!
I'm going to see it again in the theaters!