Written January 02, 2013
Fantastic to look at, as expected, and who doesn't love Martin Freeman? He was a genius bit of casting for Bilbo. It really didn't need to be 3 hours long though. All the jammed in battles began to feel more for the spectacle than the story. Richard Armitage does a great job with Thorin as well, loved him. Definitely see it on the big screen, but know you will feel the time pass!
Written December 30, 2012
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
Written December 14, 2012
As an avid book reader, the departure from the storyline in places and picking up the appendices to write the script seemed megalomaniacal, but it works. My biggest complaint was the nauseating 3D effects, which I will surely NOT be viewing in the future.
Go, but see it in regular theaters.
Written August 02, 2014
First off, IMAX 3D was an awesome experience for this movie. Secondly, CGI has come a long way and this movie is prime proof. Just compare for yourself the difference between Gollum in this movie and in the prior LotR trilogy or the goblin lair in this movie and the orcs under the mountain in The Fellowship of the Ring. This movie is beautiful, visually. The story starts off a little slowly IMO but it's somewhat necessary, I suppose. Once the adventure departs The Shire the action picks up and never stops for more than a minute or two. I can honestly say I left the movie asking how I would possibly wait another year for part II. The big question in my mind was "How will this movie stand up to the original LotR trilogy?" The answer, IMO, is...very well. In fact, tit for tat, I think this opener to the trilogy is at least equal to The Fellowship of the Ring. So...go see for yourself!
Written December 16, 2012
I am a child of the 1977 Hobbit cartoon. Today, I am a very happy person as I have relived my childhood favorite in a new light. This telling of 'The Hobbit' deserves huge praise. While I will refuse to add spoilers, I will tell the fans of the Rankin-Bass cartoon to rest at ease. Thank You Mr. Jackson for paying homage to your previous films as well as the cartoons from the childhoods of many. GO SEE THIS MOVIE!
***CAUTION: The stories around the 48 frame/sec causing headaches may have truth to it. Half way into the movie my wife experienced a splitting headache that subsided after removing the glasses and looking away for around 5 to 10 minutes.