Written December 17, 2012
Great efects, really great 3D, only thing I can see wrong with the movie is it is not the whole thing. Stopped the movie before it was over as per the book. What the hell! If this was part 1, state that this is part 1. I felt really let down. How long before we get to see the rest?
Written December 25, 2012
I went into this movie with my doubts yet from the first frame I was drawn in.
Introducing the movie via 2 of the key characters from LOTRO just before it begins
was a stroke of genius.
This movie was a fun and unexpected experience..you.. well at least I forgot I was in the
theater. The movie moves at such at a pace that you are drawn into the adventure yourself not only that ..the characters both good and evil hold your attention. The costumes, the sets, the makeup and the music and the songs amazing.
The cgi was extraordinary...the Goblin King, the warg riders, Azog was absolutely fantastic.
The bit with Bert, Bill and Tom was so very funny but the funniest and also the most endearing was the first meeting with Gollum...that was so classic.
Seeing this movie in IMAX 3D brought this picture to life significantly.
Yes its Peter Jackson's movie but it was Guillermo Del Toro's input which sealed it for me
I knew I HAD TO SEE what Del Toro brought to The Hobbit..spectacular.
Written October 30, 2014
The singing was a little weird and not repeated (which begs the question of why it was there at all). I also can't figure out why this is going to take 3 movies to get through.
Written October 22, 2014
Being a big fan of the whole Lord of the Rings trillogy, the experience on seeing it on IMAX 3D just blew me away. Can't wait for the secual. IMAX is the way to go........
Written October 23, 2014
After seeing reviews about the unnecessary length of the movie, I was pleasantly surprised by how watchable and engaging it was. I thought the different additions (except for those strange mountain creatures) helped build up the context of the movie. Of course, much of the additions were familiar to me from reading through the appendices of Tolkien's books.
If you're a big Tolkien fan, you'll enjoy and understand the additions, otherwise, it might not make sense.