Written January 01, 2013
This movie was absolutely a waste of time and money. I enjoyed the Imax 3D experience as always. However, it was fight scene after fight scene. I actually did not mind going to the bathroom during this movie.. Way to long! Save you money and wait until it comes out on DVD or Blu-ray.
Written December 23, 2012
Fans like me will love seeing Peter Jackson's cast and crew back in Middle Earth again. Technically brilliant. Story unfortunately feels a little padded because now it's a trilogy. Where the story veers from the original book can be a little jarring and a some of the dialog is cliche. The best part of the film is the scene in Gollum's cave which is simply brilliant and creepy. Andy Serkis' performance as Gollum (with the CGI overcoat) is just incredible. Hopefully the decision to turn this project into a trilogy won't diminish it's overall impact. I'd say three stars out of five.
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 16, 2012
I was very disapointed with Peter Jackson this time around. Should have just done one movie and stuck to the book, not add all that extra stuff that wasn't even in the book. I predict, no awards for Jackson this time around.