Written January 22, 2017
I was disappointed when Peter Jackson decided to make The Lord of the Rings first but was glad to see that 95% of the time he kept to the story in Tolkien’s books. I thought he did a great job on those movies to recreate the enchanting world described by the author. That is why it is puzzling to me that he decided to venture so far from the original story in this movie. There are numerous innovations, additions and places where the characters lines are not staying true to the book. In some places the wrong character is preforming the actions. The tone of the Hobbit was much different from The Lord of the Rings being less grim and more lighthearted and simple but Jackson managed to keep it the same by adding cliff hangers and fight scene not in the book. Jackson kept the same high quality in this movie as far as acting and special effects and the movie does follow along the same path as the book. This was a good movie it was not the Hobbit but something different.
Written February 21, 2017
While Peter Jackson has departed from the story in major ways, I feel he kept the true feeling and nature of the book. The Hobbit is a book of whimsy, fantasy and friendship. While some adults will find the musical numbers a waste of time, they truly are in keeping with Tolkien's first book, which was written for children ages 8-10.
If you fell in love with the book, then you must go see the movie.
Written September 30, 2016
This was a visually stunning film but the first 45 minutes saw me closing my eyes from boredom. I'm sure I'm totally alone on this. Things started to pick up for me with the team crossing into Rivendale.
I would recommend moive goers to check this out but brace yourself for a bumpy ride!
Written December 15, 2012
I thoroughly enjoyed the lord of the rings triligy and was excited to see how this movie would play oput in comparision. I was very disappointed and will not see the next movie(s) in the theater. I MAY see them on DVD. Just when it started to get interesting , the movie ended.
My advice.... wait for the dvd
Written April 25, 2017
We just saw The Hobbit - based on one of my all-time favorite books. Reviews of The Hobbit criticized the 48fr version and commented that the show was a bit slow and dull due to the fact that they are making 3 movies out of one book. With Lord of the Rings they made 3 movies out of 3 large books. I enjoyed the LOTR movies but felt that they were all about battles but not about the wonderful poetry and mysticism in the books.
However, in my humble opinion - by telling the story of one book in 3 movies, Peter Jackson has given himself the screen time to bring in the poetry and mysticism of the book in a way that never happened in the LOTR movies. I was very surprised to find that I loved The Hobbit from first frame to last. We saw Lincoln a few days ago and as much as I love that movie - I love The Hobbit even more. I've got to back to hear Thorin sing "The Lonely Mountain Song" one more time. And it will be the IMAX version.