Written August 30, 2016
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.
Written July 26, 2016
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 June 26, 2016
For those of you that have actually read the book, you will notice a lot of changes. For example, they totally skipped important parts in the book. In addition, there was not enough reliability on the ring in the movie. Finally, in three hours you would expect them to tell the whole story, but they only get to half of the story. Although there are these changes, I would still recomend that you go see it. I mean, if you saw the original you know this one has to be better.
Written August 27, 2016
Jackson does a great job overall of telling the core story with all the major beats from the book and a few adjustments for film structure/format. He puts the Hobbit into a broader Middle Earth context and weaves it into the LOTR films. Most significantly, Jackson has a knack for expanding the scale of scenes in his translation from the books to cinema. Overall, a very entertaining first entry in the trilogy.
Written September 28, 2016
My daughters and I are Tolkien fans, and the movie was disappointing. Not the show on screen, the images are fascinating, it is amazing what state of the art filmaking technology can do. We are fans, so we can live with one line from the book becoming 20 min of movie. But it is just too much show for the storytelling. The dwarves scape from the goblins cannot be pictured as another battle for helms keep. It has become too easy to make heroes into videogame super heroes who fight single handed hordes of orcs. That exagerated action permeates the movie. And ruins it. We would have liked the story, not the video game.