Written July 30, 2014
Very dissapointed with the Hobbit. It did not follow the book and it threw humor in that was out of place. Not even in the same league as The Lord of the Rings.
Written February 11, 2016
Make sure you brush up on your Unexpected Tales and Silmarillion lore! There's a lot of it in this movie, which makes it kind of slow for regular movie-goers. But if you're familiar with the stories, its a blast!!! Radagast the Brown, who is barely a character in the books, is brought to life in a HUGE way and you can't get enough of him. The dwarves are great fun, just like the books. Silly but tough!
Written February 13, 2016
I've read the book and was really hoping that the movie would match up pretty well and it did!! of course they added a few things but thats just to make the movie interesting. and that it did! I loved the added scenes and for things that were in the book it was spot on! I loved it and if you love the book and the Lord of the Rings series you'll love this movie!! Defiantly a must go!!!
Written August 25, 2016
"The Hobbit" is a wonderful film from beginning to end that truly transports the audience on a magical adventure. I was a little dubious about seeing it in 3D, but it allows a really evocative immersion in the world of the film -- particularly some of the views through the arches in Rivendell. There are certainly some wonderful new characters -- Richard Armitage has been one of my favorite actors for years, and his portrayal of Thorin is very powerful -- but there is also something wonderful about the feeling of "coming home" that is conveyed by the use of the familiar theme music from 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy. The fight scenes are epic, the dwarfs are hilarious, and there are a few tearjerker moments too -- what more do you need from a film?!
Written July 29, 2016
The story is fun and there is nothing else like this series.
However, the beginning is awkward and long, the chemistry between the characters is weird, and much of the CGI is too exagerated. The CGI was very ambitious and after a while, it was a problem to me. I can tell it is a Peter Jackson call to be this ambitious. It reminded me of the silly dinosaur segment in his KING KONG.
Andy Serkis and Ian McKellen are great. Martin Freemen is not so good. He is charming, but some of his lines were poorly done.
The stopping point for the ending is fitting for the start the second film, but it is also awkward. It didn't climax and I thought more was coming instead of ending.
I am very critical of the quality. I expect more from these films and PJ is not so great.