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.......
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
Written July 31, 2015
I found The Hobbit to be way overdone, at least for adult consumption. between the direction, the script, the acting and the score, we're hit repeatedly over the head with things that a subtler approach would convey more effectively. when Thorin yells, "out of the frying pan," do we *really* require Gandalf to complete the cliché in order for us get the reference? (and does a wizard of the stature of Gandalf really have nothing better to do while in full flight from a pack of bloodthirsty orcs, or goblins, or whatever those things were?)
the movie also often challenged (and handily defeated) my powers of suspension of disbelief.
I did get a big kick out of the Rock-'Em-Sock-'Em Robots though.
Written September 03, 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 October 09, 2015
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!