Written December 14, 2012
If you've read the book, be ready for some big changes in the story and characters. The Hobbit was written years before Lord of the Rings. Also, it was written for children. This movie contains references to Sauron, Saruman, Galadriel and other characters which, at the time the Hobbit was written, hadn't been invented yet. Azog, the big Orc who fights with Thorin, was only in the Lord of the Rings, Appendix A. He beheaded King Thror during the takeover of Moria. The battle outside Moria happened later and Azog never fought with Thorin. During that battle, Azog killed Náin, and was himself killed by Náin's son Dáin. The dwarves were pursued by a band of Orcs in the Hobbit (no Azog.) They were chased into some woods and they did climb trees but the trees did not ever fall. The orcs set fires and sang a song about roasting a band of "silly birds" with no wings. The Eagles then rescued them. No battle. No Azog. No Bilbo fighting with anyone. This movie is NOT for kids!!!
Written January 01, 2013
I'm of a genertion that was tortured by the Star Wars trilogy .... therefore I'm a little more tolerant of 'artistic licence' taken by film-makers like GL, SS, PJ, ...
Though "The Hobbit" was written by Tolkien as more of a children's story than LOT, I wasn't expecting the intensity that has been added to the script.
The start links to scenes from the LOT movies nicely;
I loved the adaptation of the dwarves arriving at Bag End;
Thorin is much more than 'impressive';
The dish cleaning song and the contract scenes are amusing;
Radagast is quirkier than a Mad Hatter!
Rivendell is even more spell-binding!
The goblin caves remind me of chase scenes from the Indiana Jones series;
The white orc is a good addition and lead-in to the orcs in LOT;
All the scenes with Gollum are memorable.
I can't wait to see the next installment!
Written December 15, 2012
Enjoyed the movie. Excited to see some returning characters especially Gandalf. Acting was great. Was surprised by some of the humorous additions but feel it didn't take away too much from the film. Definitely recommend for others to see.
Written December 24, 2012
The LOTR films were to right, correct tone and feel.
The Hobbit should have been much lighter in feel.
It felt like the Hobbit is just a continuation of LOTR, to the point that it felt like they used the same shots for the film.
To long and to dark for what it should have been.
Written January 04, 2013
This is exactly what I wanted to see when they turned The Hobbit into a movie -- I didn't know it at the time, but I know it now.
The casting was perfect. I had no problem at all with the inserted scenes -- it gave me more of Middle-Earth and I could have sat there for another hour and not minded.