Written December 14, 2012
Although not quite up to par with the trilogy, The Hobbit still delivers a solid 3 hours of exciting, nostalgic entertainment back through Middle Earth- this time through the eyes of Bilbo Baggins. Beautiful cinematography, exciting 3D effects, intense action sequences, and a thundering soundtrack wrapped into the LOTR's original look & feel are the highlights of the film- with a 10-minute scene of a stunningly beautiful Cate Blanchett reprising her role as Galadriel to boot... *** That said, the storytelling is a bit slow and awkward at times- often seeming more like a Wonderful World of Disney film than a Peter Jackson blockbuster, per say. But, it never idles or stagnates on those scenes and quickly moves past them to keep the audience enthralled. Overall, The Hobbit is still a must-see for die-hard LOTR fans; a should-see for moderately interested fans; and a maybe for those indifferent to sitting 3.5 hours in the theater for trolls, goblins, and fire-breathing dragons.
Written November 01, 2014
The hobbit has a special place for me, it's the first real book I remember reading and so it has a sentimental touch. An Unexpected Journey is a great film. It has a much lighter tone than LotR but that is in keeping with the source material. I was especially surprised how the numerous songs which filled the book were actually included in a fairly seamless manner. Some parts with goblins and orcs may be a bit frightening for small children.
As you may expect from the length, there are several scenes not from the book. Mostly additional back story and scenes to tie this movie back to the LotR. There was a bit too much shakey cam during action scenes but the overall effect was fine.
I saw it in IMAX 3D. IMAX was worth it, the 3D was good but not necessary.
Written March 31, 2015
I read "The Hobbit" in the '70s. It was a pleasure to see this film of the book. It visualizes the story dramatically. The actual images of the monsters here are just amazing. I don't recall the details of the author J.R.R. Tolkien's descriptions of them, but my imaginations could never have invented what director Peter Jackson and his crew have crafted. It is just fascinating fantasy! It will hold your attention all the way.
I look forward to seeing the other parts of the book which are still in production!
The action scenes were thrilling. The 3D experience was at times like being on a roller coaster! Everybody will really enjoy it. I think it would be too intense for small children, but everyone else will really enjoy the ride.
Be aware that this is the first film of three and that an ending to the story is yet to come. I think the book was only two parts.
Written May 04, 2015
You wouldn't think that a movie about a Hobbit would be action packed but it is! It starts out very warm and funny but when the adventure begins - it really begins! The 3D effects were awesome! and the cinematography- beautiful. The characters of the dwarfs are fully developed and you really care about all of them. The fight scenes with the Orks got a little crazy with the violence so I don't recommend it for kids under 9 yrs old. Then, one scene with the mountains was a little over the top (for believably) I thought. But this is a fantasy movie so you just have to just go with the flow and enjoy it. Gollum was as creepy as ever; he makes my skin crawl. This is just shy of a 3 hour movie but it is so fast paced and entertaining that it whizzes by. Of course there is more then 1 movie in this series and I am definitely look forward to the next one!
Written May 22, 2015
So I have seen the Hobbit in both standard HFR 3D in a normal theater and now also in a brand new (only 2 weeks old) IMAX HFR 3D. Definitely would say the IMAX screen and more encompassing screen does make the movie spectacle better, but there was something else I was not expecting, the SOUND.
The brand new IMAX in our area has an incredible sound system. It is not one with the latest Dolby ATMOS, but it was night and day compared to the standard (aging theater). You felt and sense the movie so much more. Some of Gandalf explosions rumbled through your chest as if you were standing there to witness its live. The clarity and channel separation made the sound-scape feel real. It was beautiful. Best sounding movie I have ever heard.
IMAX HFR 3D vs standard HFR 3D, IMAX wins hands down just for the field of view. Since The Hobbit was not shot in IMAX and sampled digitally it IMAX format I didn't expect any greater detail and I didn't notice any. HFR is hopefully the future