Written August 29, 2015
Loved The Hobbit! When you've read a book that you so enjoy you think "No, it can't be made into a film." But Peter Jackson comes through once again. Although I read the book 40+ years ago, the story was told so well in the film that I began to remember wonderful minute details -- and remembered what a great writer Tolkien was.
Written May 31, 2016
I'll keep it short. It's a good time. The best parts of the movie (for me) are easily any moment with Bilbo (Martin Freeman) in them. They do an excellent job of not rushing the scenes. The stuff they add in from the other texts works fine. It is however very disappointing when you see the junk they simply made up. There is more dismemberment shown in The Hobbit than in Lord of the Rings and sometimes they make it a little silly/irreverent. It attempts to be dramatic too much to a level where you begin to feel insulted. For example, there are way too many pre-battle staredowns near the end. It's still a very fun movie and is definitely worth seeing.
Written February 08, 2016
As a keen fan of the Lords of the Ring trilogy, I was looking forward to The Hobbit. And it does not disappoint. The scale and building up of the characters, where some are familiar and others new from LOTRs is in a similar style or what is the start of an epic journey,
Only point to mention is that for young kids, it may be a slow moving and at well over two hours is not exactly a short movie!
Written February 07, 2016
IMAX 3D is well-worth the extra money. Amazing Hobbit movie experience: fantastic NZ vistas combined with storytelling at its finest and the raw energy of elvish combat. Treat yourself to a grown-up, visual hot fudge sundae and go see this movie.
Written July 29, 2016
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