Written March 27, 2015
The visuals are superb, the action fast and without breaks between the idilic beginning and the final, somewhat silly, set-up for the sequel. You have seen the like (and perhaps better done) in several other movies recently. This flick is for you if you have the three hours and don't expect anything novel.
If you do go to see it, by all means see the IMAX 3-D version with its great sound and vast screen. IMAX is a very special process that makes any movie exciting and special. New Zealand, in IMAX, is a magical place, the perfect setting for Hobbits and other imagined folk good and evil.
Written May 05, 2015
My three kids are all in their late twenties now and living in different states across from coast to coast. Nevertheless, they each want to experience The Hobbit with me since I read it to them aloud, one at a time, when they were young. And the conjuring of images at that young age is not disappointed when presented with Peter Jackson's representations on the 3-D IMAX screen. Indeed, it is a thrilling and reaffirming experience.
There are embellishments to the original that stay true enough that it is easy to accept these indulgences as a fulfillment of the whole. The animation enables the teller of the tale to reach the heights of what is a spell-binding and engrossing adventure.
This is not to be missed. It is long enough to make you miss your second breakfast and elevensies, but it is worth the grumbling of young tummies to treat the eyes, ears and furry little hobbit feet that tramp along with the grand adventure.
Written July 02, 2015
This was just as good as the LOTR trilogy if not better. The Bilbo character had a "personality", which was missing in the Frodo character from The LOTR. The dwarves were very entertaining and made you want to pull up a chair and sing along with them.
Written June 30, 2015
There's almost too much to process here, but I'll cut to the chase: I was concerned about the length, the high frame rate, the splitting of the story into three parts, the dwarves whom I at first thought looked a bit goofy. Well, I am here to say that on all fronts my concerns were not only unwarranted, but have all but been forgot. I am not a particularly huge fan of 3D, but I enjoyed Avatar's 3D and was willing to give Jackson a shot here as well. I'm glad I did. What a movie! Where some people complain about the length and have stated the movie takes too long to get going, I relished every moment of the Bag-End scenes. The Dwarves are fantastic, and the whole thrill of the adventure is alive and well.
I can't wait to see it again. Congratulations to Peter Jackson for bringing us back in such a wonderful way.
Written December 15, 2012
I first must admit I have been a JRR Tolkien fan since I read the hobbit when I was ten (I'm 50 now) While a movie can never capture or match the essence and words of the author or the imagination of the reader, I found the move very enjoyable and captured the sense of adventure, joy and action of the book. I found that it retained some of the humor and depth of the book. For some it may seem to start out slowly but I enjoyed how it built some backstory to some of the characters.
I think the PG13 rating is deserved as the fight scenes can be overwhelming as in the Lord of The Rings trilogy however it does not contain the gore that you find overwhelmingly some action films today. However such action is part of the essence of the book as the group journey's to their goal. If you like 3D, it is a must see in that format.
I'm looking forward to the sequel and completion of the "Journey" as Bilbo has many advenures yet to come.......