Written December 16, 2012
The Hobbit was amazing. As a fan of both The Lord of the Rings movies and The Hobbit the book, I couldn't be happier with the movie.
Written August 25, 2016
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 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 February 23, 2017
To all those who say that Peter Jackson should shorten the movies, I point out all the dreck that has been produced in the past and has absolutely taken the soul out of the movie (Da Vinci Code anyone ...). The movie is magnificent, the backgrounds are superb and the action is exactly what you expect. If you have see The Lord of The Rings Trilogy but did not read the books, then this explains much of the background ... if, like me, you read all the books a long time ago then the movies paint and reinforce the images in your mind ... Love the movie and cannot wait for the next part ...