Written December 24, 2012
The story plays out very well, personally, I am pleased that they have chosen to stretch this out to three parts as this will hopefully allow for all the rich detail of the story to be told as it should be. The cast were all very good, and there were solid performances from everyone. The make-up looks a little fake every now and then when you're seeing the dwarves faces at this scale.
We went to the MAX 3D screening at AMC Lincoln Centre and found it a bit overwhelming at times. I don't think 48 fps bothered either of us too much; we both just find that fast movement in 3D is difficult to process.
The slower scenes are amazing and I'm looking forward to seeing this in HD on my TV as I think this is one of the most visually spectacular movies I have watched. The only thing I would complain about is the HDR, which at times makes the picture look very odd - less realistic - and grainy.
I look forward to the next two instalments, well done to all those involved.
Written December 15, 2012
I had seen early reviews indicating that the movie was slow-paced, that too much time was spent on character development concerning the dwarves. I found that to not be the case at all. As with any large cast, you do need to be introduced to the characters, but this was done at a good pace with the adventure beginning as expected.
I'm not a huge fan of 3D, but was able to watch without getting the customary headache. Some of the fast moving scenes were blurry, but that is the case with all 3D movies. Other than that, the 3D added depth to the majority of the scenes and there were very few gratuitous reaches into the audience. The reaches that were made were sensible and pertained to the plot.
Also being concerned about switching from Ian Holmes to Martin Freeman, I found that the transition used was an easy pill to swallow. I was able to quickly accept Martin as Bilbo and immediately become engrossed in the story without distraction.
All in all, I felt it was very well done.
Written December 17, 2012
An enjoyable, entertaining experience. Sure, it was a bit unnecessarily long, but that can be said for most movies. Just like to original trilogy, it had many epic scenes, stunning visuals, and good action.
Was it as good as the original 3 LOTR films? No. But they set a high bar. The overall storytelling wasn't as good in the Hobbit. But on a 1-10 scale, I'd give it a 7.5.
Written January 06, 2013
Converting the novel to prequel from preamble to The Ring trilogy is only a modest success.I welcomed Jackson & Co.'s imagination of the pre-Smaug Lonely Mountain and the origin of Thorin's Oakensheld moniiker. From then on, though, it's obese. the additions to pad out a modest novel into a cinematic epic became ponderous. Too many orcs!
Sadly, cut from the movie version are the small but telling incicents that develop Bilbo's character as an unlkely hero and gradually win the respect of the dwarves.
Instead, we have Gandalf pontificating about how evil can be defeated by the small actions of ordinary people. Amazing. A movie that doesn't show, but tells. So the cinematic narrative is weak compared to the Trilogy,which instead tightened the original Tolkien tale.
I'm not a 3D fan, but those who are may appreciate the ciinematography which certainly has its moments.
Written December 18, 2012
Peter Jackson has done it again! The Hobbit was fantastic! I saw The Hobbit in Imax 3D and found it to be worth the extra money. The best thing about Peter Jackson is that he has outstanding vision for what he wants to accomplish with the movies that he directs or produces. He never fails to put his vision to the big screen with an attention-to-detail that is second to none. Peter Jackson has successfully done this once again with The Hobbit. It's too bad that I have to wait a year for the story to continue with part II. In the meantime, I guess I'll have to go see The Hobbit a few more times. Definitely a must see!