Written May 31, 2016
The visuals are superb, the action fast and without breaks between the idilic beginning and the final, somewhat silly, set-up for the sequel. You have seen the like (and perhaps better done) in several other movies recently. This flick is for you if you have the three hours and don't expect anything novel.
If you do go to see it, by all means see the IMAX 3-D version with its great sound and vast screen. IMAX is a very special process that makes any movie exciting and special. New Zealand, in IMAX, is a magical place, the perfect setting for Hobbits and other imagined folk good and evil.
Written May 27, 2016
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 July 01, 2016
The hobbit has a special place for me, it's the first real book I remember reading and so it has a sentimental touch. An Unexpected Journey is a great film. It has a much lighter tone than LotR but that is in keeping with the source material. I was especially surprised how the numerous songs which filled the book were actually included in a fairly seamless manner. Some parts with goblins and orcs may be a bit frightening for small children.
As you may expect from the length, there are several scenes not from the book. Mostly additional back story and scenes to tie this movie back to the LotR. There was a bit too much shakey cam during action scenes but the overall effect was fine.
I saw it in IMAX 3D. IMAX was worth it, the 3D was good but not necessary.
Written August 25, 2016
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 February 07, 2016
IMAX 3D is well-worth the extra money. Amazing Hobbit movie experience: fantastic NZ vistas combined with storytelling at its finest and the raw energy of elvish combat. Treat yourself to a grown-up, visual hot fudge sundae and go see this movie.