Written December 16, 2012
Really surprised! I did not like it. I have been a fan of the books for 20 years. LOVED all 3 of the other movies. Too Long, too much fighting, not enough events from the story. Very let down. Will not buy it when released. Had my ticket 2 months in advance and ask for 1/2 day off. What a bummer.
Written July 31, 2014
You know when you are in a good place, with good friends that it will be a great adventure.
Going back to Middle Earth is that great feeling. Though the critics were well, critical. As a fan of the books first, I must say thank you Mr. Jackson for bringing us this awesome Christmas gift. Stunning visuals, fantastic music, and characters we can get into! And of course the aquiring of the precious from Gollum! This will be one I will see again!
Written September 22, 2014
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.
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 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!