Written December 22, 2012
The Lord of the Rings trilogies blew me away, so when "The Hobbit" came out I didn't know what to expect. I haven't read any of the books, therefore watching the flick was a surprise from start to finish for me. The movie made for a great story with excellent cinematography and wonderful acting. By introducing the characters again, it is easier to understand how they were changed later in the Lord of the Rings series. This grown up adaptation of the book is intended more for teens and up. Although the film is less dark than the rest of the series there is plenty of trolls and things that go bump in the night throughout the movie. The best way to experience the entire "journey" is to see the flick is IMAX 3-D, then sit back and get ready to hear a good story
Written December 16, 2012
Regal opened a new 16 screen theatre here in Bellingham and I used this as an excuse to see the IMAX 3-D version of The Hobbit. For Peter Jackson fans this is a "must Go"; others may find the extensive stretching of the meager story in to three films a bit of a money-grabbing slog. BUT the film is well-crafted and acted with more of a humerous tinge than the Lord of the Rings (maybe that should have been six films?). The 3-D effects were balanced and not gimmicky. Overall, even at $17 for the IMAX, the film is quite worthy.
Written December 14, 2012
Although not quite up to par with the trilogy, The Hobbit still delivers a solid 3 hours of exciting, nostalgic entertainment back through Middle Earth- this time through the eyes of Bilbo Baggins. Beautiful cinematography, exciting 3D effects, intense action sequences, and a thundering soundtrack wrapped into the LOTR's original look & feel are the highlights of the film- with a 10-minute scene of a stunningly beautiful Cate Blanchett reprising her role as Galadriel to boot... *** That said, the storytelling is a bit slow and awkward at times- often seeming more like a Wonderful World of Disney film than a Peter Jackson blockbuster, per say. But, it never idles or stagnates on those scenes and quickly moves past them to keep the audience enthralled. Overall, The Hobbit is still a must-see for die-hard LOTR fans; a should-see for moderately interested fans; and a maybe for those indifferent to sitting 3.5 hours in the theater for trolls, goblins, and fire-breathing dragons.
Written December 15, 2012
Great experience. But as always it wasn't the book. Although Peter did the best for what he had to work with(time&money). The scenery was awesome, the characters familiar and the storyline was fastpaced. Now I just have to stay alive another year and a half to see the end(July2014)
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.......